But today was the real deal in that we sang it in church. Both times I texted Ames to tell her. To date, she hasn't heard it yet. But it signals the real beginning of the Christmas season for us.
The lyric that is particularly powerful for us, is this one.
Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name
In His name all oppression shall cease. That goes along with the earlier verse that says
Long lay the world in sin and error pining till He appear and the soul felt its worthThis song is so powerful because it demonstrates how valuable people are to God and the ends to which he will go to save them. In a nutshell, people are exceedingly valuable and the birth of Christ is proof of their value to God. Additionally, if they are so valuable, it will be in HIS name that all oppression shall cease.
So to whom should people affected by disabilities look to see relief from oppression? I would agree with the song that it is those who worship Jesus, who follow Christ who should be the ones who make oppression in any form cease. He taught us to love one another and through His life and death demonstrated the worth of people. People should feel compelled to look to the Christian church for relief from oppression. If they can't find it there, where then can they go?
We cannot be the ones who disappoint people about their value, their worth. We must be the place were people do not experience any form of oppression. We need to be the place where they feel love, worth, peace, brotherhood. In particular, this should be the place where people with impairments feel that expression. We need to be a bastion of safety and value for them in an oppressive world.
Remember these things, please, as you sing this song this Christmas. In your heart, "fall on your knees" and both worship and demonstrate your belief that all people have incredible worth.