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Encounters With the Holy Spirit and Christmas Carols

Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies

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One Christmas Eve

A few years ago I was in a Kmart store on Christmas Eve and wanted to cry. In years past Kmart had six or eight lines open with customers backed up through the aisles. The store and parking lot were filled with shoppers and there was always someone at the door ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. On this evening there was only one cashier working and someone in customer service. I only saw two other shoppers as I browsed through the store. I had this ominous feeling that I have experienced in other retail establishments and each time, shortly after they closed. I suspected the worst and the following year my feeling was confirmed and this particular Kmart did shut down.

Back to Christmas Eve, I was walking through the store thinking of holidays past when the next song that began to play was "Oh Come all Ye Faithful." I began singing along as I strolled through the empty store and the presence of His Spirit began to overwhelm me. This is difficult to explain if you have never encountered the Holy Ghost but it is simply overwhelming. The one other customer who remained and the two employees I could see did not appear to be feeling what I was experiencing. I felt like laughing, crying, running through the aisles and shouting as the meaning of each verse pierced my soul.

Word of the Father now in flesh appearing

Come and adore Him born the King of Angels

Yeah, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning

Jesus to Thee be all glory given

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing

Oh come let us adore Him Christ the Lord.

Sing Choirs of angels, sing in exultation

Glory to God all glory in the highest

These lines may be words in a hymn book to some but for me, they seemed to permeate my entire being. I left the store feeling refreshed as if I had been in a powerful church service. It put me in a place of just wanting to adore Him and give Him praise.

Mary did you Know?

The version of Mary did you Know? by Kenny Rogers and Wynona Judd has got to be one of the most anointed Christmas tunes of all time. Both my husband and I are moved to tears when we hear this, whether in the car, on the radio or the Internet. When they get to the bridge of the song and speak of the miracles of Christ and how He is the Great I AM there are no words to describe it. Just think about Mary holding her sleeping baby without the full understanding that He was God, wrapped in human flesh.

Silent Night Holy Night

The Temptations adaptation of Silent Night is a song that many people say gives them goosebumps and chills. Silent Night is a beautiful song on its own but this version causes one to be still and reflect upon the miracle of the virgin birth, the stillness of that Holy Night. There is no way to explain it but there is a certain something when these men harmonize about the first Christmas.

When the Holy Ghost moves on Oh Holy Night

The Holy Spirit moves when Christ is being glorified. There is a vast difference between a tear-jerker movie or book and the presence of God Almighty moving through you. Oh Holy Night is a song that many people say makes them cry, even in their vehicles. That's not emotion, that is the power of the Holy Ghost on those who are reflecting on the Holy Night Divine when Christ was born. It makes you just want to fall on your knees and let out a big Whoooo! like Rick Flair the professional wrestler.

One of the best versions of this song that I have encountered is Mariah Carey singing it live. Her five-octave voice along with the anointing of God is so amazing that even the children are responding to the Holy Spirit. It literally takes your breath away.

Joy to the World

One of my greatest joys in life is to see other people respond to the Holy Spirit, especially when people sing their own selves happy. In the Oh Holy Night video, you can see Mariah Carey trying to keep herself composed as she sings but she is feeling His presence. When I listen to How Great Our Joy, by Phillips Craig and Dean, I can hardly contain myself from dancing. When they get to the chorus of "Repeat the sounding joy" and the choir joins in you can hear them give two or three o those Rick Flair Whoooooo's. I love it when He moves up those worshipping Him in song, especially during Christmas.

Christmas Is here this very Christmas Eve night

One of my favorite holiday songs is one that does not directly mention Christ but He is in the interpretation of Christ being born.

This night we pray our lives will show

This dream He had each child still knows

On this night on this night on this very Christmas night......

You may say you feel nothing when you listen to these songs and if that is true, ask the Holy Spirit to give you music that will reveal Him to you in a deeper way.



This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Cheryl E Preston

Comments

Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on November 16, 2019:

Thank you Dora and Lorna. You are so appreciated.

Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on November 16, 2019:

Thank you so much. I value your opinion.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 15, 2019:

A very good read about Christmas, your experiences, and the meaningful carols. Reminds of the true significance of the season.

Lorna Lamon on November 15, 2019:

A beautiful reminder of the true meaning of Christmas as told through these beautiful songs. "O Come All Ye Faithful" is a favourite of mine and brings back fond memories of family gatherings around the piano on Christmas Day. Thank you for sharing Cheryl and I always look forward to this time of year.