Love’s pure light
I can’t seem to get enough Christmas music this time of year. One album I always come back to is Christmas Together by John Denver and The Muppets.
The album holds a special place in my heart because it was the one CD my mom had in the car that my sister and I could agree on. We sang the round in the song “Christmas is Coming” and we belted out with Miss Piggy as she sang “five gold rings” in the “Twelve Days of Christmas.”
But no Christmas album is complete without a rendition of “Silent Night.” With this particular album, the music fades in the middle and John Denver tells of the origin of the song, in 1818. This beloved Christmas carol came to be because of a broken organ in a tiny church in Austria, now bringing people to tears for 200 years.
One memory I have of this cherished song is of my Nana teaching me to sing it in German. The Muppets also sing it in German on their album. Every year, I sing the German words to myself on Christmas Eve in remembrance of her.
One phrase that resonates with me is in the final verse, where we sing of God’s son as “love’s pure light.” I think of this unstained, unselfish, uninhibited love that came to us as a baby. It is a love that is now known on Earth, a love that dispelled the darkness.
This is the love we feel from God on Christmas and this is the love we are to emulate. So as we gather with family, friends, and strangers to sing some of these most precious songs, we think of ways to share love that lights up the world.