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Tonight, thank God it's Him: How Christmas songs remind us that the baby in the manger becomes the world's saviour

Tonight, thank God it's Him: How Christmas songs remind us that the baby in the manger becomes the world's saviour

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The bells start jingling.
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Mariah starts singling.
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Cinnamon and pine aromas cause us to remember.
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Families get tinseling, excitement tingling.
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For goodness' sake, it's only November.
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Because from the eleventh month the ballads begin.
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Catchy Christmas choruses cling to you and your kin.
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Top to toe in tailbacks.
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The boys of the NYPD choir.
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Chestnuts roasting -
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by now, surely burning - on an open fire.
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Shakin Stevens, WHAM!, Bing Crosby,
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Band Aid, Bublé, Slade.
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Wizard, do you really wish it could be Christmas everyday?
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Think of all the shop assistants,
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six weeks of it to get through!
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As Bono said,
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"Tonight, thank God it's them instead of you."
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But above and around,
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beneath and beyond the modern Christmas ditty
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is a deeper song, eternity long.
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A melody of old, hear it unfold,
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the greatest story ever told.
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A hurting world, an angel's promise,
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a family scandal, a husband's fright,
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in the dark streets shineth the everlasting light.
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Where infinite influence omnipotence suppressed,
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the word becomes flesh in diapers dressed.
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The fabled stable becomes a crèche and blessed.
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As majestic God assumes assumes mortal guise,
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lo within the manger lies,
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He who built the starry skies.
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See the real song of Christmas is more than just a carol.
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It's an anthem of atonement, a refrain of redemption.
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In our anguish heaven smiled.
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The song's composer becomes a child.
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Peace on earth and mercy mild.
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God and sinners reconciled.
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But the peril, the danger of 'away in a manger',
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is it can make our Christmas story stranger,
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and rearrange her from the game changer
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heaven-hell exchanger she is.
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Because the destiny of the Christmas baby
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was to die in our lieu.
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From fairytale birth to criminal's cross,
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tonight, thank God it's Him instead of you.
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So in the musical sweatshirts,
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the John Lewis adverts,
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listen, remember the song.
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In the activity remember the nativity
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your pain and shame undone.
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For to you a son is given.
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Over you a song is sung.
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But don't just remember,
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respond and surrender,
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for Christ the saviour is born.