CAROLS, ALL TOO FAMILIAR

(Reflections on Christmas by Janie Ivey & Michael Lehr)


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I met Janie through the Christian Songwriters’ internet mailing list in 1997, and this was the first of many songs on which we collaborated together. Her lyrics have never been less than stimulating even when we've had to work hard on them!

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Lyrics (by Janie Ivey and Michael Lehr)

Carols, all too familiar,
maybe tunes to hum along;
amidst the bustle they were just
simply Christmas songs.
Words I'd never pondered,
though I'd sung them so many years,
now have filled my heart with joy
as one by one you remove my fears.

Now I know that you'll be there
when doubt tries to steal my hope away.
You'll remind me, even in my struggles,
this unchanging truth remains:
"I came to you, was born for you
because I knew I loved you so much,
I'd rather die than be without you."

Thoughts of the incarnation,
how You "laid Your glory by",
how you left the singing angels
to be brought into our night,
bring this question to my mind,
takes me down upon my knees,
"How can it be so hard to trust
the one who left highest heav'n for me?".

Now I know that you'll be there
when doubt tries to steal my hope away.
You'll remind me, even in my struggles,
this unchanging truth remains:
"I came to you, was born for you
because I knew I loved you so much,
I'd rather die than be without you."

"I came to you, I lived for you -
believe it's true - I loved you so much,
I'd rather die than stay without you,
without you."

1997 Reflection Christian Music


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