Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king, ‘Do you know what I know? In your palace warm, mighty king, do you know what I know? A Child, a Child shivers in the cold, let us bring him silver and gold, let us bring him silver and gold.’
Said the king to the people everywhere, ‘Listen to what I say! Pray for peace, people, everywhere, listen to what I say!
The Child, the Child sleeping in the night. He will bring us goodness and light, He will bring us goodness and light.’
As a kid, this Christmas carol seemed to be all fluff. It has only been as an adult that I have appreciated the truth it contains.
It is not just about a shepherd boy and a conversation with his lamb.
It’s more about the angelic song, and the Good News it contains.
God came down to earth, not to a comfortable life in a cushy castle, but a humble couple on the road.
He could have come the first time in all His pomp and circumstance He is due, but He didn’t.
God came to us to show us what we know as the visual proof of human love, in the form of a baby.
I have always believed that when a baby arrives, God designed enough of the look of its parents in its face to help bind their hearts to one another.
Jesus came as a baby so we could see God’s face shine out through His humanity, to help bind our hearts to Him.
He knew we needed to see ourselves in Him in order to draw close to Him.
If He had come in the full force of His Kingship, we might have understood only the powerful part of who He is, and missed His heart.
And the last stanza of this Christmas carol foreshadows the ultimate expression of His love, and the goodness & light He will give to us all through the cross.
God as a human experienced life as we would have known it. The warmth of love, the chill of cold nights, the long days of work, the desire for peace.
This is a God we can relate to, a God who got into the nitty gritty depths of humanity, living as one of us.
God with us.
The bringer of Peace for all.
And people have been talking about Him since!
Today, thank Him for putting a face on Love this Christmas.
Join all Creation in offering Him the praise He is due!
“Do You Hear What I Hear?” was written by the husband & wife team of Noël Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker in October 1962.