Thought for the Day by Hannah Lievesley (St Chad’s)
‘Noel’ By Chris Tomlin, sung by Lauren Daigle – A contemporary carol
© 2015 SixSteps Songs/Worship Together Music
Some carols just do something to you don‘t they? For me, the contemporary carol, ‘Noel’, sung by Lauren Daigle, is one of those. It’s not traditional. It’s not technically anything to write home about. But there’s something about the pairing of the lyrics with the music in this song that always gets me. When I hear it for the first time each Christmas it stops me in my tracks. Amidst the fun and festivities, the crazy-business, the excitement for meeting up with family and friends, it grabs hold of me, reminds me what it’s all about, and gives me that ‘Wow!’ moment once again. A moment of wonder and awe at the enormity of what happened in Bethlehem that very first Christmas, as the universe shifted to make space for the Son of God on earth.
When Daigle lets rip with her, “Noel! Noel! Come and see what God has done!” I get goosebumps. Because Christmas is all about what God has done for us. That remains, even when our usual traditions of meeting up and sharing presents, food, and wine have to be put on hold.
“Love incarnate, Love divine, star and angel gave the sign. Bow to babe on bended knee, the Saviour of Humanity.”
Make sure you make space for that ‘Wow!’ moment yourself this Christmas – whatever does it for you!