So let’s have the final couple of our favourite Winter time songs…

See Amid the Winter’s Snow…

The words and lyrics of the old Christmas carol the ‘Hymn for Christmas Day’ which is also known as ‘See Amid the Winter’s Snow’ were written by Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878). While likely written from a perspective of our winters in the western world, only the first line mentions snow, and just for the record snow does occasionally fall on the Golan Heights, just above Galilee. For me, it seems to seasonally wrap our faith in Christ within the Christmas story with references such as ‘Promised from eternal years’ and Christ the Creator God with ‘Lo, within a manger lies He who built the starry skies’. However, the repeated Chorus line ‘Hail, redemption’s happy dawn’ sums up the perfect gift on the Cross where He chose to exchange His own life to redeem each of ours.
Hilary Nickell

In the Bleak Midwinter…

My favourite carol is ‘In the bleak Midwinter’. Although I realise in Israel it wouldn’t be snowy and cold so in some ways it doesn’t actually make sense…. but for me it shows that Jesus came for all of us not just the Jews. I particularly love the last verse

“What can I give him, Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him — Give my heart.”

That, I think, sums it up for me. That is what He wants us to do. Give him our hearts…
Debbie Veel

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