This, one of my very earliest memories, came rushing back to me this morning as I drove to the Woodbridge Mall.
I was a little tiny boy, cuddled up on the couch with my Uncle Bernie, in my Grammy’s living room, complete with Christmas tree, and with It Came Upon a Midnight Clear playing somewhere in the background, probably on the radio; and Bernie was reading to me from a book of Christmas stories. When he finished, he turned on the TV set and we watched A Christmas Carol–the old one, with Reginald Owen as Scrooge–on the tiny black-and-white screen. I was too young to understand the movie, although my uncle did help me to see it was a story about a bad man who changed, and became good. I do remember Scrooge in his nightshirt meeting the Ghost of Christmas Past.
And this memory brings tears to my eyes, because everything about it was just so good, so right: but my uncle and my Grammy, they’ve long since passed on and their house is a place I can’t go to anymore, long for it as I may. And to this day I love A Christmas Carol, and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. I even remember some of the pictures in the book, of angels singing.
So much beauty, so much blessing. God knew what He was doing when he gave us Christmas.
(Video sung by St. Peter’s Choir)
If I haven’t fumbled this, as I so often do, it’s now Thursday morning and I’ve gone out Christmas-shopping while you’re hearing this lovely rendition by Josh Groban of a Christmas standby, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Thank you, Erlene, for requesting it.
I flubbed a hymn request by “thewhiterabbit,” so much for perfection–well, here’s the one you wanted, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. I opted for Bing Crosby’s performance–beautiful. But all of Christmas is beautiful.
I had a hard time deciding which rendition of this hymn to post. Let’s try this one: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, sung by Josh Groban.
I love this hymn. One of my earliest memories is of sitting on my Uncle Bernie’s lap while he read these words to me out of a book of Christmas carols. I do miss him. But our God is an awesome God, who has promised the restoration of all things. That process began with the birth of Jesus Christ… upon a midnight clear.
P.S.–If there’s a version of this or any other hymn that you’d like posted here, well, shout it out. Don’t be bashful!
This is the song that was in my head this morning. And this is Jars of Clay performing it.
Please join together in prayer.
O Lord Our God! Now let this Christmas work, every day throughout the year. Let it draw our hearts to Jesus Christ our King, and bind us to Him with unbreakable cords of love. In our hearts, O God, let us hear the angels sing. In Jesus’ name, amen.