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My talented spiritual singer songwriter friend Annabella Wood has a way with words and blending them with music in such a way that it delights and tickles souls. Today was no exception as  at our interfaith community Circle of Miracles, she took  one of my favorite Christmas Carols- O Holy Night and adapted it beautifully so that it took on deeper meaning for me. I was raised Jewish (the religion of Jesus) and although I was exposed to his teachings by attending services with Christian friends, he was still a bit of a foreign entity. Sadly, these same words were used to fuel hatred, so I was not encouraged by my parents, to embrace them. The more I learned about the man who embodied Divine Love, the more I came to recognize that anyone can twist words and make them mean anything that they choose. Likewise, they can translate and transform them into empowerment. What if we lived in such a way as this adaptation suggests? What if  we let love, rather than fear, lead our hearts and influence our choices?

O Holy Night

The stars are brightly shining

It is the night of the Way-shower’s birth

Long lay ourselves with little understanding

Till he appeared and our soul felt its worth

 

A ray of hope, our weary selves rejoicing

For yonder lay, a new and glorious life

Fall on your knees

O hear the angel voices

O night divine

O night that Christ was born

O night divine O night O holy night

 

Truly he taught

Us to love one another

His law is love

And his gospel is peace

Hatred shall ease

For everyone’s our brother

And by our deeds

All oppression shall cease

 

With songs of joy

In grateful chorus rising

Let every heart

Enjoy this glorious day

 

Christ showed the way

A way of peaceful living

His power and glory

Evermore be yours

His power and glory, ever more be yours

www.annabellawood.com

www.circleofmiracles.com

 

 

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