i've already started listening to christmas music.
i used to be a real stickler for the 'no christmas music before thanksgiving' rule. but then i knew a girl who didn't eat anything pumpkin before october and i had already been drinking psl's (pumpkin spice lattes) for a month before her and suddenly she seemed so silly and it seemed so silly to deny myself the joy of christmas just because of a principle. so it's christmas music, all in (with katy perry sprinkled in, obvi).
the song "o holy night" - i've heard it so many times in my life. and it's mariah carey's angelic version that has been playing continuously in my car. i play it, press repeat, play again, press repeat. and it was just the other day when i really heard the lyrics for the first time. i mean, i REALLY REALLY heard them.
o holy night, the stars are brightly shining
it is the night of our dear Savior's birth
long lay the world in sin and error pining
til he appeared and the soul felt its worth
a thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
for yonder breaks a new glorious morn
fall on your knees
o hear the angel voices
o night divine
o night when Christ was born
o night divine!
o night, o night divine!
and it's like my ears have opened and i am hearing this song for the first time. and i just can't get enough of it.
HE APPEARED AND THE SOUL FELT ITS WORTH
A THRILL OF HOPE, THE WEARY WORLD REJOICES
A NEW AND GLORIOUS MORN
i go through times in my life where i realize/remember that life is hard. whether it's personal or because i live a ministry life, i get hit with the reality that life's just not fair for lots of people. BUT O HOLY NIGHT. oh, night divine! what a comfort and a hope.
the weary world rejoices. it's a new and glorious morn. fall on your knees! when Christ appeared and entered a languishing world of sin, the soul felt its worth.