Welcome to Our World

As I begin reflecting on the meaning of this Christmas season, this song keeps coming to mind.  Thank you, Chris Rice, for sharing this beautiful song of rich theology and grateful hope.  In the next couple of weeks, I will be finishing the series on lessons from the Prodigal’s Dad, as well as posting some practical family/parenting reflections on Christmastime.  But for today, I simply want to invite you to consider and celebrate the tremendous meaning of God responding to our ugly sinfulness and desperate brokenness through the tender offering of His only son as a fragile baby into our violent world.  What a joyful mind-blower!  Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Tears are falling.  Hearts are breaking.  How we need to hear from God.  You’ve been promised.  We’ve been waiting.  Welcome, Holy Child.  Welcome, Holy Child.  Hope that you don’t mind our manger.  How I wish we would have known.  But long awaited holy Stranger, make yourself at home.  Please, make yourself at home.  Bring your peace into our violence.  Bid our hungry souls be filled.  Word now breaking Heaven’s silence.  Welcome to our world.  Welcome to our world.  Fragile fingers sent to heal us.  Tender brow prepared for thorn.  Tiny heart whose blood will save us, unto us is born.  Unto us is born.  So, wrap our injured flesh around you.  Breathe our air and walk our sod.  Rob our sin and make us holy, perfect Son of God.  Perfect Son of God.  Welcome to our world.  – Chris Rice: Welcome to Our World

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