"God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy"
Ok, if God is truly resting, I don't know about you, but I will be full of dismay!! I mean, how can Christ save us from Satan's power if he's resting??? I am neither merry, comforted, OR full of joy thinking about God resting.
Anyway... a year ago my father gave us a little essay about this particular song which brought me BOTH comfort and joy.
Turns out the meaning of certain words have changed over time. For instance, the word "rest" used to mean "make" and the word "merry" actually meant "mighty." So what sounded like God resting on His eternal laurels in our time of strife actually really meant, "God make ye mighty, gentlemen!" Now that makes sense!!!
And so I want to wish everyone a mighty Christmas, for it IS Christ that makes us mighty and while Satan may have power to lead us astray, it is Christ's power to Save!
Mighty Christmas, everyone!!!