Ever More Proclaim
I was listening to the radio yesterday and Michael Crawford’s rendition of “O Holy Night” came on. As Crawford’s voice caressed the beloved, old carol, I was struck by how powerfully, soul-wrenchingly Christian its lyrics were:
Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
I was astounded that these words, sung with deep passion, were ringing out on a secular radio station. Hundreds of busy people were hearing them …though probably not considering their full meaning (or they’d be offended). What chains will He break? What oppression will cease? Who is the slave?
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
I wondered: Why at Christmas can anyone passionately proclaim, “Christ is the Lord!” when it’s considered cramming religion down people’s throats any other time of year? What a window of opportunity this season is. People are open to the truth; their defenses are down. Why else would Satan cause this season to be the most hectic and commercial time of year? I suspect he’s working overtime to undermine the natural receptivity to Christ that comes with the season.
Take advantage of this month where carols of truth are sung freely. Think deeply on words that have lost their impact but not their meaning. Consider how you might remind someone of the wonderful, life-giving truth this season embodies. His power and glory ever more proclaim!
About the Author
Suzanne Hadley Gosselin is a freelance writer and editor. She graduated from Multnomah University with a degree in journalism and biblical theology. She lives in California with her husband, Kevin, who is a family pastor, and her four young children: Josiah, Sadie, Amelia and Jackson. When she’s not hanging out with her kids, Suzanne loves a good cup of coffee, conversation with friends, musical theater and a trip to the beautiful California coast.