Heralds of the Savior Come

Heralds of the Savior Come

Hey there! It has been a while. Turns out that when you release an album, go on a tiny tour, and then start teaching the first normal school year you’ve had in two years, it really puts a damper on songwriting! So, it has been a pretty dry season regarding inspiration, but I’m hopeful that I’m coming out of it!

However, as a result, I have been trying to stretch my instrument muscles, and I have been working on playing the piano in the key of C and G by chord charts and by ear (not using sheet music). That has been a challenge, as well as fun, and this new song is a result of it!

I wrote a Christmas song a very long time ago called “Silent Son” and it was a pretty little song about Jesus’ birth narrative and how full of awe it made the characters and should make us. But, it didn’t really have any stand out moments or ideas. And, to me, that was sad because in the Western world with all its Christmas celebration, I think the biggest thing we do is lose the wonder of what God really did that night. So, I knew I wanted it to be better.

Fast forward through a couple of rewrites, it was still pretty, kept a few of the same words, a few different ones, but I had a tag ending that I really liked “Let us with the shepherds run to declare the angels’ song. We the poor, imperfect ones are now the heralds of the Savior come.” I liked this idea, but got some feedback that this sounded like a separate song or idea. So, I decided to scrap half of the song and turn it into a song about primarily the shepherds, and how they are the unlikely heralds of Jesus. The angels, for reasons we don’t know or can’t understand, were only sent to the shepherds. Then, the shepherds were the ones who went, saw, and speed the news to everyone who would listen. But, isn’t that just how the kingdom of God works now? For some reason, Jesus saw fit that a motley crew of mostly blue-collar workers (for an Western equivalent) would be given the good news of His Kingdom and spread it. And who am I? Who are we? We are now the unlikely heralds of our Savior Jesus. So, even though I don’t explicitly say in their lyrics that we presently are His heralds, it is my hope that we are drawn into that wonder ourselves.

I spent a lot of time in Luke 2, as you can imagine. In order to put the focus on the shepherds, certain elements had to be cut. But, it is my hope that we also keep the wonder. A lyric that didn’t make it (it sounded a little bit cheesy, but mainly didn’t fit the main idea) was “He’s everything we’ve ever dreamed and so much more – Oh Gloria!” Can you imagine being the shepherds, seeing this baby and knowing without a doubt (because an entire angel chorus just declared to you) that He IS the Messiah you and your ancestors have waited for for HUNDREDS of years?! I’d run the streets with the news too – at least I certainly think I would! But, here is Heralds of the Savior Come!

Heralds of the Savior Come

Hear the story, so much left untold / Of the glory in a stable cold / The angels, they sang of a love / Far beyond their star filled lungs

From the hillsides outside of Bethlehem / The wide-eyed shepherds ran / Would anyone believe heralds such as these?

“Gloria,” they said, “They angels sang to us! Glory in the highest and peace on earth to men.”

What a wonder, what a mystery / That the shepherds were given eyes to see / God’s glorious majesty / Clothed in humanity

“Gloria,” they said, “They angels sang to us! Glory in the highest and peace on earth to men.” / “Gloria! This is the angels’ song! Yet we the poor imperfect ones are now the heralds of the Savior come!”

“Gloria,” they said, “They angels sang to us! Glory in the highest and peace on earth to men.” / “Gloria! This is the angels’ song! Yet we the poor imperfect ones are now the heralds of the Savior come!”

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