My goodness, Christmas carols are loaded with contrasts and paradoxes. And so am I. Good and bad. Deserved and undeserved. Earned and unearned. Beautiful and ugly.
“Said the shepherd boy … In your palace warm, mighty king,…
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
Let us bring Him silver and gold…”
A boy petitions a king to bring kingly gifts to a child so lowly he lies outside warm shelter.
“Said the king to the people everywhere,
listen to what I say…”
A royal proclamation. What does he say? Bow down in homage, join me in conquest of other kingdoms? Of sorts:
“Pray for peace, people everywhere!”
Share your favorite carol lyrics and the paradoxical mysteries they raise inside you, below, please!