Preschoolers get words hilariously confused at times. Here’s an adorable mistake one four year old made when singing the last line to Away in a Manger. “The little Lord Jesus asleep on the head.” Cute, but not correct. Not even close!
Another young child didn’t quite get the words right to Oh Come All Ye Faithful.
“O come, let us ignore Him.” Clearly, we’re not to ignore Him! His gift entices us to adore Him.
Singing favorite Christmas carols can warm the heart. Unless you’re trying to share the joy of Christ’s birth with your child who has mental illness (MI). Unless the songs magnify your pain by reminding you of happier times.
Engaging in familiar traditions becomes more complicated in the context of MI. Getting a family portrait for the Christmas card can be tricky. How do you get a depressed child to smile on cue? It’s a bit difficult to deck the halls while trying to keep an unstable child calm. Mental illness doesn’t take a break during family gatherings.
So why bother listening to Christmas carols? Favorite holiday tunes have powerful messages for us. Scriptural lyrics remind us of God’s love.
What Child is This?
“This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.”
When we don’t recognize our child who has MI, we can be comforted by these lyrics. What Child is this? We recognize Him. It’s Christ the King. God’s unchanging Child. Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
“The King of kings, salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone Him.”
When life seems out of control, we can remember Christ is still on the throne in heaven. May He remain on the throne of our hearts.
“All is Calm.”
When MI robs our homes of calmness, we can reflect on that holiest of nights—the night when God sent His Son to bring the promise of peace.
Joy to the World:
“Joy to the world, the Lord is come.”
When we yearn for restored joy, we can reflect on the joy Christ brought into the world and into our hearts. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can have joy in the midst of sorrow.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen:
“Let nothing you dismay. Remember Christ the Savior was born on Christmas day.”
We can reflect on those words. The Savior who came to save us from sin and death can save us from our trials. We need not be dismayed.
Mary Did You Know:
“Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man? Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand? Did you know that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod? When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?”
When life seems unpredictable or hasn’t turned out like we’ve expected, we can think of Mary’s Child who is always faithful and reliable. We can reflect on Mary and remember she didn’t plan on being our Savior’s mother. God brings things into our lives that we don’t plan. Though we may not understand them, His plans are always perfect. The words to this Christmas carol remind us that we have a Healer, Creator, and King. We have access to His unlimited power and love.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
“Said the king to the people everywhere,
Listen to what I say
Pray for peace, people everywhere!
Listen to what I say
The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light.”
We can remember He will bring goodness and light to our darkest days.
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear:
“O ye beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow;
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing.”
Let’s rest beside our weary road this Christmas season to stop and hear the angels sing.
Quiet your hearts as you listen to Carrie Underwood sing Do You Hear What I Hear?