Welcome to earth, O noble Guest,
through whom this sinful world is blest!
You turned not from our needs away;
how can our thanks such love repay?
“From Heaven Above,”
Since before Halloween, Christmas music has
filled the air in stores and on street corners. This hymn by Martin
Luther that we’ll sing Christmas Eve isn’t usually among the tunes we
hear in the mall. But the sentiment, the sense of welcome, is in this
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Many Christmas songs are about our dreams for a
simpler, happier time: “I’ll be home for Christmas, you can count on me
...” and “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” They reinforce
our longing for home, for a homecoming. I find myself longing too.
One reason we’re both joyful and teary-eyed at Christmas is that we
think we can’t go home again. We’re all grown up. We have homes of our
own. Life isn’t simple anymore. “I’ll be home for Christmas, but only
in my dreams.”
we in the church have good news. As we welcome this “noble Guest” to
Earth, we also welcome him in all visitors who come to our churches on
Christmas and throughout the year.
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