Believe the Impossible

How are you remembering Advent—Christ’s coming into the world—this Christmas season? Every day during the month of December, join us here to learn a little about the songs of Christmas. Follow along with us as we experience The First Songs of Christmas by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, and open the door to wonder.

We’ve all heard “the Christmas story,” and we believe its truth. In today’s reading of The First Songs of Christmas, Nancy reminds us that during this time of year, we find ourselves believing the impossible.

Because the story of Jesus’ birth is so known and familiar to us, we do something we don’t do often enough. We believe the impossible. We sing with joyful acceptance about things that make no earthly sense unless God actually did what cannot possibly be done. We marvel at it, and we worship Him for it, despite our inability to understand it. Because since it’s baby Jesus, since it’s the Christmas story . . . it doesn’t sound so impossible anymore.

The First Songs of Christmas encourages us to put aside the things we already know about the story of Jesus’ birth and believe the impossible anew.

Luke 1:35, 37 says this:

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. . . . For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Mary believed the impossible. Will we?

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

“God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” is one of my favorite Christmas carols. Its author is unknown, and it is one of the oldest Christmas carols, dating back to the fifteenth century.

It isn’t often heard on the radio during months-long twenty-four-hour stream of happy holiday tunes, but its words are among the most poignant I’ve ever heard. Its verses implore us to remember Christ’s saving power and the impossibility of His birth and sing praise to Him and love others.

Enjoy reading the words of this song, and find a little time this week to listen to a recording of it. You won’t regret it.

God rest you merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan's pow'r
When we were gone astray.

O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.

In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn

O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy.

From God our heav'nly Father
A blessed angel came
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same;
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name.

O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.

"Fear not," then said the angel,
"Let nothing you affright;
This day is born a Savior
Of a pure virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan's pow'r and might."

O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind:
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The Son of God to find.

O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy.

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.

O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy.

Now to the Lord sing praises
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.

O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.

Want to hear more Christmas carols? Check out the CD “Come Adore,” with Christmas music played on piano by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth.

What songs lead you to praise the Lord and believe the impossible?

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About the Author

Jessica Drews

Jessica Drews

Jessica Drews is a pastor's wife and preschool aide. She also serves as the women's ministry director and an elementary Sunday school teacher at the Midwest church her husband pastors. She loves reading a good book on a rainy day with a cup of coffee and her husband and cat by her side.

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