This is the 9th reflection in a series on commonly-sung Christmas carols.
There are a large number of verses presented at the link above. I will only here explore the first and the very last verses.
Verse 1: May God put you in place of peace and joy, my friends; don’t fret about things! For we recall that the Promised Deliverer came to us at Christmas! He came to save us from the power of the Devil, even though we had wandered off into our own unrighteous living. These things are good news! Words of peace and celebration!
Verse 7: Let we who are gathered here sing songs of worship to God! Let us pursue relationships characterized by living sacrificially for one another. This sacred season of Christmas makes all other times of year of practically no account! For this is the time to spread good news–the time to share words of peace and celebration!
In the remaining days before Christmas, may you sing these traditional songs with joy, hope, and intentionality.
See the previous post, O Little Town of Bethlehem, for a complete list of other meditations in this series.