My 3 Favorite Christmas Albums

29 Nov

Behold the Lamb of God (Andrew Peterson)-This album beautifully walks you through Scripture from Genesis to the birth of Jesus. After all, Jesus was God’s plan, our Rescuer (thank you for that marvelous imagery, Sally Lloyd-Jones) since sin entered humanity with Adam and Eve. Do you know the story? If not, follow the journey with Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God. Also, go buy a ticket and go to the Behold the Lamb of God concert while you’re at it! You’ll love Peterson’s clever song to connect the Old Testament to the New Testament (or buy the book to read along as you sing it), and you Mommas will resonate with “Labor of Love.” Also, there is a book with 25 readings for Advent bearing the same title as the album which goes along with the CD and can be used daily during Advent to focus your heart and mind on Christ this season.

Advent Songs (Sojourn Church)These familiar Christmas carols are given a musical, folk-inspired face lift. I can not stop listening to this album. I even find myself listening to it throughout the year. These songs have deep meaning to me having enjoyed them since childhood, but the updated musical score is inspiring, heart-stirring, worshipful. Love, love, love, love this. It was put together by Sojourn Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Handel’s Messiah- I don’t remember when I was first introduced to Handel’s Messiah-maybe it was high school. I don’t exactly recall. It’s rather ironic that as a a teenager and young adult I embraced this classical work; I was not a classical music fan. However, the words pulled me in, and even today, I marvel at the words from Isaiah 53. This text was the inspiration and basis of Handel’s Messiah, and they tell exactly, specifically, prophetically of Jesus hundreds of years before He arrived in a stable in Bethlehem. Our 8 year old son has been memorizing Isaiah 53 in his Sunday School class this year, and I can hardly hear the words without tears streaming down my face. “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) Thank you, God, for this beautiful gift, wrapped in a babe, the One who would take on my sin and whose sinless perfection would be transferred to me. Awestruck, dumbfounded am I. Celebrate Christ this year (and all throughout the year) with Handel’s Messiah. Hallelujah!

What are your favorite Christmas albums? May the gift of music stir your heart, soul and mind to worship Christ this season.

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