Of the Father's Love Begotten
I have to confess that I don’t remember ever enjoying New Years Day. I always have the feeling that I am an unprepared host for this important guest, who, instead of finding my house with the bed made up and a roaring fire, discovers me amid the accumulated dross of previous revelry.
In the liturgical calendar, we have already celebrated the new year on the First Sunday of Advent. The rather secular events we call "New Year's Eve and New Year's Day," where the standard fare is alcohol, black eyed peas and collard greens, make it very difficult to continue the holy celebration of the birth of Christ. However, there is a place in each of us where Christ rings in just like the calendar new year does. There is that place where the Father's Love was brought into existence and will be there forever...evermore and evermore. Thus this beautiful ancient hymn is so fitting for this time of the year...still Christmas, soon to be Epiphany and the continuation of the story again and again.
"of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see."
Enjoy this gorgeous rendition of the hymn...savor the words and join me in the revelry that is the Love of God and carrying that Love out into the world.