Monday, December 24, 2012

…And The Soul Felt Its Worth…

I’ll admit…I get a little crazy when it comes to Christmas music. I usually start listening in October and don’t stop until the end of the year. I have quite a collection of Christmas CD’s and topping my favorite are two from my teenage years – NSYNC and Plus One. Yes, I’m still sixteen years old inside! :0)

You know how it feels to listen to a certain song over and over again, then forget to actually pay attention to the lyrics because you know the song so well? Yeah, it seems as if this happens more than I’d like it to. So, this year, I tried something new – I began listening to lyrics of Christmas songs, actually trying to decipher the meaning of these songs I sing year after year.
In doing so, I noticed a lyric I’d never really paid attention to in the past. It’s from the song, “O Holy Night”…

“….till He appeared and the soul felt its worth…”

What exactly does it mean for the soul to feel its worth?

I came home and did a little digging and this is what I found:
When we can let go of what other people think and instead, own our story and know that our identity is found in Christ, we gain access to our worthiness. When we reject the parts of ourselves that don’t measure up or don’t fit in with who we think we are supposed to be, we stand outside of the story that God has written for us and we never claim our worthiness, and worse, we never grow.
But here is a secret:  Transformation does not occur by rejecting the parts of ourselves that we dislike, but by gathering them, examining them, and through the work of the Spirit, whittling them away from our soul.
Source: When The Soul Felt Its Worth

I love the way this was worded….when we don’t fit in with who we think we are supposed to be…

On a day to day basis we have so many expectations placed upon us, I think we sometimes forget to stop and remember just who we are and what we were created for. Take time to stop and breathe…enjoy your surroundings…nature, a sunrise, the love of our family, the warmth of Christmas Day, snuggling with our pets. Don’t let the pressures of your day to day life get you down. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made, with a divine purpose, with meaning…don’t let life get in the way of remembering that.

Try listening to the lyrics of your favorite Christmas song…you many gain something amazing because of it! :0)

I pray you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!


  1. Ah! I've been noticing that too this year-- the lyrics I'm so familiar with from childhood have so much more beauty and meaning now that I'm older!

    P.S. I forgot you like Plus One! My sister and I went through an obsession with them...and we still love their Christmas CD! ;)

  2. Lovely post Karen. I hope we get a chance to meet you at WDW in January.


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