I have a love affair with Christmas. Though dazzled by sparkling decorations, the joy of shopping for the perfect gifts for the ones I love and so many more commercial things about the holidays, that is not why I truly LOVE Christmas. Christmas celebrates everything that I love and is important to me – family, togetherness, peace, friendship, gratitude, celebration, worship, indulgence and LOVE. Christmas brings out the best in people (for the most part, I mean, look at any parking lot right now or Mooney Boulevard and you might not think so). Christmas grants us the time off of our busy schedules and To-Do lists to spend time with loved ones and reflect on the year.

Though society touts Thanksgiving as a time to be thankful (does anyone else hate that it’s just one day?), I am never more thankful than at Christmastime. Thankful for the friends that have stuck with me. Thankful for my amazing family and all of the new family I married into. Incredibly thankful for Ryan and his love. Most of all, and it brings tears to my eyes now as I type this, I am thankful for the God that loves me, forgives me and came to save us all. And though it’s not historically accurate, this time of year is when we get to celebrate His glory and in my opinion, we don’t do a good enough job of that.

Every year I pledge to truly understand and celebrate Christmas for what it is, and I fall short. This has been a whirlwind year and I’m having kind of a tough time getting into the “Christmas spirit” again. At least, the world’s view of Christmas spirit. I want so much more than that.

Last year I bought a new Christmas album from one of my favorite little girl bands, BarlowGirl. I think I popped it in the CD player like 3 months before Christmas last year. I came upon the song below for the first time listening to the album while making the long commute to work… and I cried my eyes out. Yes, I’m probably more sensitive than I like to admit, but this song spoke to me for many different reasons. It’s so much more than a Christmas song.

I played the album again on the way home from work last night and once again, upon hearing this song, began to cry. It still speaks to me. Though reading the lyrics doesn’t quite have the same effect as hearing this gorgeous song as it’s sung, I wanted to share it anyway, and encourage you to meditate upon the real, true and incredible meaning of the coming of our Savior. Be blessed this Christmas.

Hallelujah (Light Has Come)
By BarlowGirl from Home for Christmas

Hmmm my baby
Heaven sent you to me
All the world’s been praying
Who will save?
But who am I?
That here tonight
I hold the one
Who’ll bring us life

Hallelujah,
We’ve been found
A child is born
To save us now
Jesus, Hallelujah, light has come
A Savior who will set us free
A promise for those who believe

Do you hear the angels
Sing for you my baby?
Men and kings have come to
Bow to you
But here in my arms
So close to me
The son of God
Now all can see

Hallelujah,
We’ve been found
A child is born
To save us now
Jesus, Hallelujah, light has come
A savior set us free

So praise to God on high
He has heard our cry
So praise to God on high
He has heard our cry

Hallelujah,
We’ve been found
A child is born
To save us now
Jesus, Hallelujah, light has come
A savior who will set us free
A promise for those who believe

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