After writing of how Mont Belvieu’s Manger scene touches us all, I found myself at work listening to the Christian Radio Station KSBJ, as I do every day, and on came a song I had heard so many times and loved the melody so much.  

But this Christian Band, Cloverton, had rewritten the lyrics and made it into a Christmas song.  A song about the REAL meaning of Christmas.  It moved me so much, I wanted to share it with you, my readers, in prayer and hope that it would affect you as much as it did me.

Just a little background first or go straight to the video below and listen to this song that brought tears to my eyes.  The lyrics are below the video.

Funny, all of this started with the Manger Scene in Mont Belvieu!

The song Halleluhah was written by a Canadian named Leonard Cohen prior to his 1984 release.  This work received little success until John Cale and then Jeff Buckley sang it.  Buckley’s version is the most enduringly popular and critically acclaimed rendition of the song to date.

It is written that Cohen labored for years struggling with his song ‘Hallelujah.’ . . . He wrote perhaps as many as 80 verses before paring the song down.

5525063The Christian Band, CLOVERTON,  recently released Halleluhah as a Christmas song tilted, “A Hallelujah Christmas.” For the song, the band changed the lyrics to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and turned it in to a beautiful holiday rendition that speaks of the miraculous birth of Jesus. “We’d actually been covering Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in some worship settings for a year or two.

We had re-written the lyrics for the song and people often asked us if we had a recording of that version,” Lance explains. “So, we decided to re-write the song to tell the Christmas story…with an ending that we often don’t think about at Christmas. The entire celebration of Christmas has no purpose without the eventuality of the cross. As for using Leonard Cohen’s melody…it is such a beautiful melody and we wanted the “Hallelujahs” to really mean something when we sing them. It’s almost like these Hallelujahs have been floating around trying to find the write story to attach themselves to. We think that pairing them up with the story of Jesus couldn’t be a more perfect fit.”

“God created everything. He created each of us. He created our voices. He created our ears, our emotions, our tastes, our creative spirits. Each of these is related to music, whether it’s enjoying it or creating it. There are thousands of artists out there creating, writing, and adding to the musical conversation daily. We want to reclaim music as a spiritual act. We want to reclaim the creative inspiration that God gives so that music trends and limits are set and pushed from a sacred outlet and not just a secular one. Music is a great common ground that crosses generations and cultures. We want to shed light on His truths while reaching people creatively with melodies that seem familiar and songs that touch souls. We are messengers, hoping to creatively communicate the truth of God’s word and love for us.” 

Next week we celebrate the birth of the Only Son of God who left GLORY and was born on earth of a virgin.  Celebrate this and let your heart fill with love for the LOVINGKINDESS of the One and Only God. 

I invite you to Renew Your Spirit, maybe even a little, by listening to this song thinking on the meaning of Christmas.  (You will find the people at the little coffee shop where they are texting on their phones and talking.  By the end they are singing along)

 

The Lyrics:

I’ve heard about this baby boy
Who’s come to earth to bring us joy
And I just want to sing this song to you
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
With every breath I’m singing Hallelujah
Hallelujah

A couple came to Bethlehem
Expecting child, they searched the inn
To find a place for You were coming soon
There was no room for them to stay
So in a manger filled with hay
God’s only Son was born, oh Hallelujah
Hallelujah

The shepherds left their flocks by night
To see this baby wrapped in light
A host of angels led them all to You
It was just as the angels said
You’ll find Him in a manger bed
Immanuel and Savior, Hallelujah
Hallelujah

A star shown bright up in the east
To Bethlehem, the wisemen three
Came many miles and journeyed long for You
And to the place at which You were
Their frankincense and gold and myrrh
They gave to You and cried out Hallelujah
Hallelujah

I know You came to rescue me
This baby boy would grow to be
A man and one day die for me and you
My sins would drive the nails in You
That rugged cross was my cross, too
Still every breath You drew was Hallelujah
Hallelujah