One of those carols that is often sung and often not enjoyed is the First Noel. Unfortunately for this carol the first 4 verses just tell a story, a wonderful story of Jesus birth, but the melody and a large proportion of the song are too repetitive and time consuming so they lose peoples attention. This is often one of those carols they wheel out a retired Opera singer and they do the crucifying from there.
It is a real shame as the final verse is good but often ditched or unappreciated because of what has gone before.
“Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made Heaven and earth of nought
And with his blood mankind has bought.”
As we join with the army of angels singing to the heavenly Lord, we begin to lose all image of status, looks, race, sinfulness and self as we join in one accord, with the sole purpose of singing for joy at the coming of a Saviour. A Saviour that was, is and forever will be King. A Saviour who was before all things and will stand after all things are done. A Saviour who with his own blood saved all of humanity, not bad for a baby born in a barn.
This Christmas, I pray more than just everyone getting along and loving each other, I think there is a bigger problem to overcome, I pray that we all can put aside ourselves and our own lives to really come, in one accord, to worship the King in the manger, not the king we hold ourselves up to be.