Good people all this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind,
What our good God for us has done
In sending His beloved Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas day;
In Bethlehem upon that morn
There was a blessed Messiah born.
Dating back to the 12th century, the Wexford Carol is one of the oldest existing Christmas carols. This carol, which comes from Ireland, tells the story of the nativity of Jesus Christ. The first verse (above) is a wonderful reminder of the true significance of Christmas and why, as we celebrate it, we should be filled not just with joy, but also with gratitude for the tremendous gift that God gave two thousand years ago when He sent His beloved Son.
As we celebrate this Christmas, I pray that we will all pause to remember exactly what God did for us in sending His Son on that very first Christmas. In the little town of Bethlehem, in a lowly stable, a tiny baby was born. That baby was the promised Messiah, sent to redeem each and every one of us, sent to be our Deliverer, to set us free from the bondage of our sin. And, as we think about these things, as this beautiful carol says, "we should pray to God with love this Christmas day."
Merry Christmas to all!