Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

We often repeat things in church or in songs just because they're rote.  We've been doing it forever, and it just comes out of us without so much as a conscious thought.  But every now and again we get something to kick us a little askew, and it allows for an examination of the words in a new light.   

I bought Michael McDonald's Christmas album, as I just love the guy's voice.  The blue-eyed-soul has been with me since his stints with the Doobie Brothers and, before that, Steely Dan, and I've always felt he had one of the best voices in rock.   

One of the songs on the new album that really moved me was God Rest YeMerry Gentlemen.  We've all heard that song a million times, but his soulful version was so unique, so unlike any other version, that it allowed for a new appreciation of the song and the words.   

Tidings of comfort and joy.   

Let that sink in for a second.   

To save us all from Satan's power 
When we had gone astray   
O tidings of comfort and joy   

As we celebrate the birth of the Savior and come to the realization of the gravity of what that truly means, they truly are tidings of comfort and joy. 

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