Hallelujah Christmas

On the fifth day of blogging… I give you a gift…
it’s not much of a gift…
but it’s a song that I promise you will be playing over and over again.
Don’t worry… I’m not gonna sing it!
I’m gonna post a video of it.

It’s a special Christmas edition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah sung by Cloverton.
Most of you will recognize the tune…
but the lyrics are much different than the original.
Pay attention to them as you listen…
it’s guaranteed to bring you Christmas joy.

I don’t know that I have heard a song that covers the real meaning
of Christmas quite like that one does.

Here are the lyrics sung by Cloverton…

I’ve heard about this baby boy

Who’s come to earth to bring us joy
And I just want to sing this song to you
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
With every breath I’m singing Hallelujah

A couple came to Bethlehem
Expecting child, they searched the inn
To find a place for You were coming soon
There was no room for them to stay
So in a manger filled with hay
God’s only Son was born, oh Hallelujah

The shepherds left their flocks by night
To see this baby wrapped in light
A host of angels led them all to You
It was just as the angels said
You’ll find Him in a manger bed
Immanuel and Savior, Hallelujah

A star shown bright up in the east
To Bethlehem, the wisemen three
Came many miles and journeyed long for You
And to the place at which You were
Their frankincense and gold and myrrh
They gave to You and cried out Hallelujah

I know You came to rescue me
This baby boy would grow to be
A man and one day die for me and you
My sins would drive the nails in You
That rugged cross was my cross, too
Still every breath You drew was Hallelujah

My favorite verse is the last one.
My favorite line is this one…
That rugged cross was my cross, too.

For me… that one line captures the essence of Christmas.
Christ came to this earth and took on the cross.
A cross that I should have had to take on…
a cross that was my destiny…
a cross that I deserved…
a cross that was rugged…
a cross that was painful…
a cross that was everything but a hallelujah…
and yet it was Jesus’ hallelujah.
It was the reason He came to this earth…
to die…
for me…
for you.

THAT is what Christmas is all about!

This Christmas don’t procrastinate celebrating
the reason Jesus came to this earth…
His destiny was to die…
so that we don’t have to.

What is your favorite line in this beautiful Christmas song?

Please… share this song with one person today!
Because it’s too good not to.

Feel free to share this blog by using the hashtag #TwelveDaysOfBlogging

Hallelujah Christmas

3 thoughts on “Hallelujah Christmas

  1. Kay Shell says:

    We are singing this version of Hallelujah Christmas by Cloverton this Sunday at the Orchardville Branch and also at the Christmas Communion service this Wednesday! I LOVE it!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s