December 18, 2023

Sing We Now

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”—Micah 5:2

It is no surprise that the story of Jesus’ birth often is told with song. This story has been told and sung in many languages, reflecting the way Christmas has been celebrated in many cultures.

Among the French, one of the most impactful carols is “Sing We Now of Christmas,” a fifteenth-century carol. This has become one of the most popular carols of many from the French tradition available in the English-speaking world.

Written by an unknown author, this carol attempts to tell the key highlights of the entire Christmas story. In five short stanzas, participants sing words that tell the whole story.

We sing about the contribution of shepherds who were called by angels to journey to Bethlehem where they found the “holy child” along with Mary and Joseph seated by a manger. We sing the account of wise men who came from afar, “bearing gifts to Bethlehem, guided by a star.” These men had brought gold and myrrh, “gifts of greatest price.”

But the focus remains on Jesus: “Hear our grateful praises, to the babe so dear.” We are encouraged to celebrate because “the King is born.”

Throughout this Christmas season, reflect on the many ways the story can be told—the many songs, anthems, choruses, hymns, and carols. They have memorable melodies but also meaningful messages. Listen for the story of Jesus’ birth, repeated for generations and still celebrated today.

Reflection Question: What is your favorite Christmas carol that tells of Jesus’ birth?

Prayer
Father, as I sing carols this year, help me focus on the true meaning of the Christmas story. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Micah 5

Prayer
Father, as I sing carols this year, help me focus on the true meaning of the Christmas story. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Micah 5