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The Soul Felt It’s worth

Hello Friends,

It’s the Christmas season and for most of us that means turning on and turning up the Christmas music, which to be honest sometimes feels like a couple of solid months of over-heard and over-played music. Am I right?

However, this season, there are a couple of lines from the popular Christmas carol “O Holy Night” that have sunk deep in my soul. As I listened to yet another version of this famous song recently I heard something new, a phrase and a message I don’t think I’ve heard in any other carol. Read with me, sing if you like…

Oh holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
’Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

And the soul felt its worth.

What does it mean when the soul feels its worth? What does it mean for you?

Now, if you were to ask someone what the meaning of Christmas is my guess is that most would say that it’s a time for giving and receiving presents, a time to spread holiday cheer and goodwill. Many would answer that it’s the day Jesus was born.

But what if we ask another question of even greater importance: Why was Jesus born? I’m not positive that most people would answer with the message found in O Holy Night.

’Til he appeared and the soul felt its worth.

Jesus birth expresses to us that the soul has found its worth. Through His birth and life the soul is felt, acknowledged, accepted and valued. It makes me sad that so many people, including some Christians, have never heard this message in the gospel or in church, never experienced their inherent worth as a child of God.

Now, let me be clear: I’m a believer of God’s word that says all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Human beings have an incredible capacity for darkness and turning to false identities and comforts. Much to our chagrin, we weren’t born for ourselves to do what we want. God is sovereign over all.

However, I wonder how often we forget the truth of John 3:17 which says that “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”  That means that ultimately in the eyes of God, you and I matter. Our souls have worth. We are worth the risk, the suffering, the entire journey Jesus went through, that we might know our value to God and be saved from ourselves. That’s not wishful thinking, it’s accurate thinking based on God’s word.

And here’s the beauty of it all: A soul that knows its worth shows worth to others. In all of our faults and failings, our missteps and wrong turns, in all the things that make you-you, through your life God’s glory is shown.

This Christmas season, may we be reminded that God is not far away or aloof to our realities. He is right with us, calling us to life and deeper awareness of his love for us. This season, may our lives reflect God’s light to those around us, as a soul that feels its worth.

We would love to have you join us for one of our in-person Christmas Eve services this year, December 24th at 4:00pm or 5:30pm.

In Christ,