Songs of Christmas: Go Tell it on the Mountain

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The shepherds were ordinary people, just like us. In fact, they were working the night shift, like so many workers in various industries every night. For many, the work doesn’t stop because the sun has gone down.

The extraordinary came upon the ordinary on routine night.

The job they had was 24 hours a day: similar to that of a parent, who cares for their children.

Go Tell it on the Mountain
While shepherds kept their watching
Over silent flocks by night,
Behold throughout the heavens,
There shone a holy light:

Go, Tell It On The Mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, Tell It On The Mountain
That Jesus Christ is born.

The shepherds feared and trembled
When lo! above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus
That hailed our Savior’s birth:

Go, Tell It On The Mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, Tell It On The Mountain
That Jesus Christ is born.

Down in a lowly manger
Our humble Christ was born
And God send us salvation,
That blessed Christmas morn:

Go, Tell It On The Mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, Tell It On The Mountain
That Jesus Christ is born.

Imagine you were those shepherds,  going about your every day life and job, when suddenly everything changed. How would you respond?

Last week I led chapel with our preschoolers. We were focusing on the Angels and Shepherds and what happened after the birth of Jesus.

The main point of the story was that the shepherds were excited to hear the Good News of the baby Jesus from the angels and ran to see him and tell all their friends about it.

Later on in the day, our preschool director texted me the following:

“This afternoon we were singing Christmas songs and Go Tell it on the Mountain came on. Two of the kids yelled…
‘Hey! They said, GO just like Ms Emily said at chapel. This song is about the shepherd.’
I was so excited they made the connection.”

I was also excited to hear this! Not only had these children made a connection between the Bible story and the song, they understood that just as the shepherds went to share the Good News, they are to go and tell others about Jesus!

It’s a message that has really resonated with me in this Advent, and as I hear and sing this song in the future, I’ll be singing a little louder, reminded that we should not be quiet about the birth of our Savior!

 

 

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