Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Gather round ye children, come, and listen to the old, old story...

If you have not listened to Andrew Peterson's "Behold the Lamb of God" album, you need to go buy it ASAP. It's not your typical Christmas album. There's no Jingle Bell Rock, Rudolph, or White Christmas. And I wasn't a fan at first, his voice kinda sounds like Kermit the frog, and I just didn't get the craze about it. But last year I got past that and the words really sunk into my heart. I realized that it was written wanting to tell and feel the whole story, not of just the birth of Jesus, but the birth of God's people desperate and waiting for a Savior, and a God wanting to make things right again.  It now gives me space to breathe, to sit, to wait. It has given me the freedom to cry slow, quiet tears, and to sing at the top of my lungs. It has become our favorite, and honestly only, Christmas soundtrack. Andrew Peterson and some of his friends make their rounds around the country performing this album in its entirety during the Christmas season. Will, for my birthday, bought us tickets to go see it! We've seen them before at the Ryman in Nashville but at that time I still wasn't sold, I really just pretended to like it, cause all my friends did. So this year I'm super excited to go see it and take it all in. 

To open up the concert Andrew reads this from "The Jesus Storybook Bible" 

and I just love how it's put. so simple and true...

"You know the Bible isn't a book of rules or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a story. It’s like an adventure story about a young Hero who came from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne, everything to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that have come true in real life.
    You see, the best thing about this story is—it’s true.
    It takes the whole Bible to tell this story. And at the center of the Story there is a baby. Every story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a  puzzle—the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture..."

Hope you're enjoying this season and all the joy it brings!

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