Comfort and Joy

Written by Maria Michalowski

Most of the Christmas Carols that are played over and over during this season have PROFOUND lyrics that proclaim what Christmas is all about. The gospel is being preached over every media outlet and store sound system, without complaint!  

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is often an underappreciated Carol, but pay attention to the lyric:
God rest ye merry gentlemen

Let nothing you dismay

Remember Christ our Savior

Was born on Christmas Day

To save us all from Satan’s pow’r

When we were gone astray

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Oh tidings of comfort and joy.

It has some old fashioned words in it, that may distract us a bit.  So let me rephrase it for you:
Let God calm you, busy people

don’t let the hustle and bustle upset you

Remember Christ our Savior

Was born (regardless of the date)

To rescue us from Satan’s schemes

Even though we tend to favor them

This is good news, that comforts us and gives joy….

This Christmas Carol dates back to the 1700s, but the lyric still makes sense today.  Satan’s schemes have not changed.  We need to find comfort and joy in the Truth:

God did not send his Son into this world to condemn it, but to save it. All who believe in Him and accept Him, God gives them the right to become children of God. For God loved you so much, that he gave his only Son, so that as you believe in Him you will not perish but have eternal life.

We can all be distracted by busyness, grief, pressure, excitement, disappointment, frustration, etc.  Let nothing you dismay.  

Just remember that Jesus came to earth and lived like you do, just so you could have eternal life with him.

And that’s just one example of a Christmas Carol!  Next time you start randomly singing along with the music in Walmart, pay attention to the power and the promise in these words!  You are proclaiming good news of Comfort and Joy!

Maria Michalowski has attended Allison Park Church for 34 years, where she married her husband, Mike, and raised two children. She joined the Allison Park Church staff 10 years ago and helps to coordinate the care and support of her church family.