In un saggio incluso nel nuovo libro “Tutto il Natale americano” di Rachel Campos-Duffy e Sean Duffy, Green condivide il suo apprezzamento per il “meravigliose verità teologiche nella pepita e la forma di una melodia familiare. They are just so powerful.”
Qui, in her own words, is her engaging explanation of how her understanding of Christmas has evolved over time as her own faith developed.
These wise words as well as the stories, traditions, and memories of many other Fox News personalities and staff pepper the pages of the book.
Read Lauren Green’s thoughts about Christmas hymns
Lauren Green in All American Christmas: Per me, my memories of Christmas spanning childhood to adulthood represent, in some measure, the evolution of my Christmas faith.
What began as a childhood fantasy of Santa Claus, reindeer, giocattoli, and all the rest of the secular traditions we share in our culture has, col tempo, taken on the full theological weight of the reality of Jesus Christ being born.
One way to illustrate this is that as a child I sang Christmas carols and hymns.
I knew the words.
As I got older I understood the meaning of the words.
I now understand and appreciate these wonderful theological truths in the nugget and the form of a familiar tune. They are just so powerful.”
Christmas hymns are important for three reasons.
Primo, they remind us of the power of the Gospel.
Secondo, God gave us the skill and the command to sing, and He can be glorified even in good secular music.
E infine, they remind us of our complete reliance on the grace of God.
One of the hymns I just love is “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” The carol describes a scene that Luke relates in chapter 2, verse 14.
Two of the founding ministers of Methodism, George Whitefield and Charles Wesley, contributed to the lyrics, which are set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn, the great German composer famous for the oratories “St. Paolo” e “Elijah.”
The song begins with “Hark! cantano gli angeli araldi, ‘Glory to the newborn king. Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.’”
That last statement, “God and sinners reconciled,” reflects what Jesus was born to do and heralded for all mankind. Humanity can now be reconciled with God, because God chose to send His son to us as a gift, creating a chance for our relationship with Him to be reconciled.