Anyways, last time I was posting about actually meaning the words to the songs on the radio. As I was still mulling this over, Christmas songs started coming on, and I started thinking about meaning those songs as well. And I realized that, perhaps because we hear them so often, we (or I, at least) don't really notice what they say. And the more that I think about them, the more that I see. So I thought it would be fun to put some traditional carols into other words, to see if that helps me, and maybe also you guys, to pay more attention.
Everyone who has been faithful, come with joy and in triumph! Come, come quickly to Bethlehem. Come to see this baby; the King of Angels who was born. Come, he deserves our adoration, because he is Christ the Lord.
Choirs of angels are singing, triumphant over all. All of the host of heaven, everyone who lives above, sing! "Glory to God, who deserves our highest praise!"
We are singing too, greeting the joyous morning of your coming. We, like the angels, come to bring you all glory and honor. You are the Word of Life, come from the Father to be born now in flesh, and we will come and adore you.
Come with us to Bethlehem and see this baby that angels are singing about. Come, bow before him and adore him, giving him the praise and the highest glory!
Listen to the angels who have come. They are singing to bring glory to a king who has been born. There is peace, they say, and mercy. God has come to be reconciled with sinners! Let everyone come and joyfully join in the triumphantly exultant song of the angels. They are saying that he has come to Bethlehem.
Christ, who was adored by even the highest angels, he is the everlasting Lord. At last he has come, born of a virgin. Now we can behold God, hidden behind flesh though he is! Come and give praise to God, who has made his dwelling place with his people! He is glad to dwell with man as though he were a man, when really, Jesus is God come to be with us.
Praise the Prince of Peace, born higher than anyone else. Praise the Son of Righteousness! He brings light to those in darkness and life to those who are dead, and healing comes with him. He throws his great glory aside as though it were worthless, coming to bring eternal life, a second birth into a life that never ends. Listen to the angels who have come, singing about a king who has been born. Glory to his name!
I don't know, some of them sounded better in my head. But maybe that helped someone.
Merry Christmas, everyone!