In his name all oppression shall cease.
What a challenge for the week ahead. The history of this carol is full of beautiful pictures. Soldiers singing the carol during an impromptu cease fire at at Christmas during World War I. An abolitionist finding an anthem in translating it to English. A legacy of hope and peace attached to a song.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
Jesus tells his followers, through the power of his Spirit, they will be his workers and accomplish more than Jesus. He invites us as participants in his continuous work on earth. Another challenge.
And yet, just like the less than perfect, mixed up, mistake-making and sometimes unbelieving people who were used in scripture to bring and reveal God’s story to the world, so the people who wrote, composed, translated and still sing O Holy Night continue to reveal God’s story of redemption to the people of our time.*
The ordinary becomes extraordinary when Jesus enters the picture.
How will you participate in God's story this week?
*researcher Katie Koerper