I am a context person. I want the history. I want the who, what, when, where, and ESPECIALLY the why. Could this be why my 9yr-old and I can sometimes go back and forth ? We are so much alike!
If you try to tell me a story or explain something that happened to you, its very likely I’m gonna butt right in and start asking questions. Ask anyone who knows me. I want the whole picture painted. I want more information than is ever needed or necessary. If I don’t get those pieces, I have a terrible time tracking and you will lose me before you ever had me….
Let that be the segue to the songs I chose for this record.
The night we began tracking this particular song I began to ask myself: where did this song come from? Who wrote it? What is it supposed to mean for us today?
As I began the research I became a little confused and disheartened when I found that this song seemed to have very little to do with the birth of Jesus.
The latin version of this carol: Adeste Fideles, was written by John Francis Wade in 1760.It was later translated in the 1800’s by, catholic priest, Frederick Oakeley. Most of the history on this song points to it being a coded battle cry for a Jacobite Rebellion. Sounds biblical but it’s not. Having to do with a war between England and France; one group faithful to the crown of King Louis XV, another faithful to ……my voice is trailing off now…are you bored yet?
In my early church experience, taking things out of context and making them fit a particular theme or point was a common occurrence. As my belief system has had quite a paradigm shift over the years, I find that there are many biblical things we think have certain meaning for us today when we really don’t have the whole historical or cultural perspective. Before we go down the philosophical rabbit hole, let’s consider taking a moment to not be so uptight over did it really happen? Or is it just a myth? is a virgin birth really even possible? Let’s let the story of Christmas be exactly what it is: fascinating, mystifying, special.
Let’s let the song be sung to the beauty and mystery of who Jesus is: O Come all Ye Faithful. Joyful and triumphant…..O Come let us adore Him… Christ the Lord.
BTW: We decided to go pop, dancy , 4-on-the-floor with this one… I predict you’ll be rockin’ in the car while you’re doin’ some shopping!!