At first, the line just seems like a bit of rising action in the verse leading to the famous chorus and the full on punch of O Holy Night. However, there is so much weight in the little lyric, “till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.” We live in a culture where our souls are encased in a body that doesn’t doesn’t feel it’s worth and if the body doesn’t feel worth, how can the soul? Yet, Christ breaks into the world to unify the mind, body, and soul and to bring dignity and a holistic salvation to all who long for his appearing. Advent reveals just how much you are worth to God. Dietrich Bonhoeffer would say, “And in the Incarnation the whole human race to recover the dignity of the image of God. Henceforth, any attack even on the least of men is an attack on Christ, who took the form of man, and in his own Person restored the image of God in all that bears a human form.”
Join us at Common Ground as we walk through the Advent Season working through the implications of that O Holy Night.
December 1st – Long Lay The World… – All Church House Church
December 8th – Truly He Taught Us… – Church in the Silk Mill Chapel
December 15 – Sweet Hymns of Joy… – Silk Mill 10 am
December 22 – Chains Shall He Break… – Silk Mill 10 am
Christmas Eve – Fall On Your Knees… – Silk Mill 6 pm