What’s Your Favorite Christmas Carol? Why?

Have you given some thought to the lyrics of “O Holy Night“? It has been my favorite for years. The words ring and resound with hope, rest and freedom from slavery.  If you take it a step further, the slavery can mean anything that someone is kept in bondage to. A stronghold they can’t seem to get away from, and that has control over them in some way.  There is hope for these among us. And we can share it.

This final verse is especially powerful:

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and his gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother
And in His name
all oppression shall cease

Let the words of this hymn fill your heart. And bring you into a space and time of pure praise.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
…”

Outpouring

Vs1: There’s an outpouring of your Spirit

out of our hearts, out of our homes

An outpouring of your Spirit –

into the streets, into the public places

 

Vs2: There’s an outpouring of your Spirit

out of the church, out of our songs

An outpouring of your Spirit –

into our work, & into the lowly places


Pre-Chorus:

So I will go, go into my world, world

and I will love, love every boy and girl

Yeah, I will go, go into my world, world

and I will pray for FREEDOM every day

Chorus: 

Freedom,  Freedom be released

From your Kingdom

 Kingdom be released!

Bridge: 

Give me a mind not divided, not distracted

But the mind of Christ

Give me a mind set upon you, set upon truth

The mind of Christ


Chorus

Vs2: There’s an outpouring of your Spirit

out of the church, out of our songs
An outpouring of your Spirit –
into our work, & into the lowly places

Pre-chorus:  So I will go…

Chorus x2   Freedom…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_QoWrlITPI

Redefine Love

Vs.1

There’s no way that you could understand

The shiver and nausea from his hand

As it creeps beyond my boundary, I wonder “why…

Of all the other children, was it I?”

.

This must be what love is

The pain is real; Each day I kneel

I must be of value

At least my skin; A feast of sin

.

Pre-Chorus:

This must be what love is

If this is what love is…

Chorus:

Redefine Love!

Start over fresh, Start over fresh

Redefine Love!

Start over fresh, Start over fresh

Vs.2

“If I didn’t care”, he says, “would I

Waste my energy to black your eye?”

“Fear”, he says, “will make you humble” so

I take one more beating, one more blow

.

This must be what love is

My basic needs are met with deeds

I must be of value

If I invoke a twisted choke

 

Pre-Chorus

Chorus

 

Vs.3

Something tells me God could understand

If pure love and strength flowed from His hand

Blood and water poured out of His side

Hope was born in laying down his life

.

This must be what love is

To sing, to heal; To pray, to feel

I must be of value

My heart, my soul; The part, the whole

.

This must be what love is

This must be what love is

.

(You can…) Redefine Love!

Start over fresh, w/gentleness

(You can…) Redefine Love!

Let’s start over fresh

Start over fresh

.

Redefine Love, God, redefine love.

Strength – a poem for Carly

She dug further down in the deep of her heart
And the further she went, the more pain would impart
Past the rejection, past all the lies
For their protection, she casts off disguise

She sees it all
But is blind to her own strength
She sees it all…but her strength

      Upholding them
      Supporting them

      With the strength
      She has from above

In the very last days he spent on this earth
She would fight for the rights of the two she gave birth
Walking the tightrope, shaking with fear
Helping them say all he needed to hear

She sees it all
But is blind to her own strength
She sees it all… but her strength

      Upholding them
      Supporting them

      With the strength
      She has from above

The strength she has from above
From above
She fights with the strength
From above

With the strength from above