Candlelight Carol

It’s interesting how the theme of light flows through Christ’s life. “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid” (Luke 2:9). The star led the wise men to Jesus. Simeon said the baby Jesus was “A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” (Luke 2:32). John 1 and 3 make many mentions of light. Jesus said of Himself, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Some of those verses come to mind listening to this lovely hymn.

How do you capture
The wind on the water?
How do you count all the stars in the sky?
How can you measure
The love of a mother
Or how can you write down
A baby’s first cry?

Candlelight, angel light
Firelight and star glow
Shine on his cradle till breaking of dawn
Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Angels are singing
The Christ child is born

Shepherds and wise men
Will kneel and adore him
Seraphim round him their vigil will keep
Nations proclaim him
Their Lord and their Saviour
But Mary will hold him
And sing him to sleep

Candlelight, angel light
Firelight and star glow
Shine on his cradle till breaking of dawn
Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Angels are singing
The Christ child is born

Find him at Bethlehem laid in a manger
Christ our Redeemer asleep in the hay
Godhead incarnate and hope of salvation
A child with his mother
That first Christmas Day

Candlelight, angel light
Firelight and star glow
Shine on his cradle till breaking of dawn
Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Angels are singing
The Christ child is born
Angels are singing
The Christ child is born

~ Words and music by John Rutter

3 thoughts on “Candlelight Carol

  1. Such rich thoughts to ponder. I love that we both reflected on light today — great minds work similar paths!

    For some reason, this post doesn’t show up in my sidebar RSS for your blog, or when I visit your homepage. But I see the post in your sidebar and if I click on it, it comes up. Not sure what’s going on… But I’m glad I was able to access your thoughts via the sidebar, anyway!

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