Do you hear what I hear is an old Christmas song sung for many years by many people. There are a few versions that I like, particularly, CeCe Winans, Whitney Houston and Yolanda Adams. After hearing the song so many times and so many years and for the first time a couple of weeks ago, after actually listening to the words, God gave me a real appreciation of it. I had never realized what the song was saying. You know how you can hear things and just not listen to it. And it’s strange because I actually really liked the song, but I never knew the meaning of it until now.
But the song sings of the birth of Jesus Christ and what His birth would bring. Each verse leads up to the next.
The first verse speaks of the night wind talking to the little lamb, asking him (the little lamb) if he sees what he sees, way up in the sky. A star, that looks like it’s dancing in the night, with a tail as big as a kite. And what the night wind is talking about and is seeing is the star that shone above the manger. Can you see that?
Then the little lamb sees what the night wind is speaking of and he shares it with the shepherd boy and he asks the shepherd boy if he hears what he hears. A ringing in the sky, a song that is high above the trees, with a voice as big as the sea. And what the little lamb is talking about and hearing are the angels that have announced that Jesus was born and are now singing and rejoicing over His birth. Can you hear that?
Then the shepherd boy hears what the little lamb heard and he shares it with the mighty king and he asks the mighty king, which I believe is representative of the wise men, do you know what I know. The shepherd boy says in your palace, and makes a point to say warm palace, mighty king, do you know what I know. That a Child has been born and He is shivering in the cold (while you’re warm, king), the Child shivers in the cold. And then the shepherd boy says, let us bring Him silver and gold. And I believe that the silver represents the basic need and the gold is the extra. (Like Jesus tells us we shall have milk and honey. Our need met and our desires). So the shepherd boy says, do you know what I know. Do you know that?
Then the mighty king catches on what the night wind saw, and the little lamb heard and the shepherd boy knew and he goes to the people, everywhere (us)… and tells them to listen to what he says… And he says to us, pray for peace, everywhere.. because the Child that was born that is sleeping in the night was bringing us (people everywhere) goodness and light.
The love of God and the light of the world. Jesus Christ. The Word revealed.
What God has spoken to me through this song, back then and now is for us to go, to share, to pass on Jesus. His love. His peace. His joy. His Word. Why He came.
Help someone today to see what you see, to hear what you hear, and know not only what you know, but WHO you know. Jesus. Encourage them to listen to what you say, to what God says, that Christ the Savior IS born and because of that we have and they can have eternal life.
I hear the Lord… do you?
God is good and He’s real in everything.
A servant of the Lord,
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Evelyn Fannell has the true heart of a servant. She spends a great deal of her time assisting friends, family, and others with a variety of plans and projects, always seeking simply to be of help; always going the extra mile. A writer since her youth, in 2008 Evelyn created the blog, But God Is Real, inspired by real life situations and circumstances that speak to the “realness” of God and His intervention in daily life. After the death of her son, Joseph, Evelyn started another blog, In the Shadow of Grief, created to chronicle the emotions and stages of grief so that she could help others through their journey of pain and sorrow. Along with the blog, Evelyn also started a grief support group on Facebook, under the same name, where members can share with one another in a supportive, non-judgmental environment In her spare time, Evelyn enjoys jigsaw puzzles, photography, and planning and creating items for special events. She also serves as First Lady and administrator of her church, On Good Ground Christian Fellowship, in Westampton, NJ. In addition to Joseph, she and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters, Brandi and Jasmine, and a grandson, Christian.