I used to love this song a lot but then everyone in every singing competition was singing it and eventually, I grew sick and tired of it, sheer overkill…though I did think the priest did a pretty good rendition at a wedding service in Ireland sometime ago. Then, just the other day, I came across this Christmas version…

…and it sure gave a new life and a new feel to it and it really moved me…a lot! I thought that was really beautiful and the lyrics tell of the story behind Christmas:

I’ve heard about this baby boy who’s come to earth to bring us joy
And I just want to sing this song to you
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift
With every breath I’m singing Hallelujah…Hallelujah…Hallelujah…Hallelujah…Hallelujah

A couple came to Bethlehem
Expecting child, they searched the inn to find a place for You were coming soon
There was no room for them to stay so in a manger filled with hay
God’s only Son was born, oh Hallelujah…Hallelujah…Hallelujah…Hallelujah…Hallelujah

The shepherds left their flocks by night to see this baby wrapped in light
A host of angels led them all to You
It was just as the angels said –Β You’ll find Him in a manger bed
Emmanuel and Savior, Hallelujah…Hallelujah…Hallelujah…Hallelujah…Hallelujah

A star shown bright up in the east to Bethlehem, the wise men three
Came many miles and journeyed long for You and to the place at which You were
Their frankincense and gold and myrrh, they gave to You and cried out Hallelujah

I know You came to rescue me, this baby boy would grow to be
A man and one day die for me and you
My sins would drive the nails in You, that rugged cross was my cross, too
Still every breath You drew was Hallelujah…Hallelujah…Hallelujah…Hallelujah…Hallelujah

Like many other festivals and special occasions, Christmas may seem to have lost its significance but I do think that it does not really matter as long as it’s a time for joyous celebration…

Christmas in Sibu 1
*Christmas in Sibu 1 – Helen‘s photo on Facebook*

…a time for giving and forgiving…

Christmas in Sibu 2
*Christmas in Sibu 2 – Helen’s photo on Facebook*

…never mind that it has been over-commercialised – the giving of gifts to one’s much-loved family and friends is reminiscent of what the Three Wise Men did…

Christmas in Sibu 3
*Christmas in Sibu 3 – Helen’s photo on Facebook*

…and whatever it is, it’s a joy shared with one and all, never mind the colour or creed…

Christmas in Sibu 4
*Christmas in Sibu 4 – Helen’s photo on Facebook*

…and that is something very clearly seen in the events held right here in good ol’ Sibu town with the Annual Christmas Tree Decoration at the town square…

Christmas in Sibu 5
*Christmas in Sibu 5 – Helen’s photo on Facebook*

…and the Christmas Parade all over our little town…

Christmas in Sibu 6
*Christmas in Sibu 6 – friend’s photo on Facebook*

…and we can get to see all the people from all walks of life, regardless of race or religion, making their way to the town centre to join in the festivities and taking photographs to share on the social media.

There are moans and groans about putting Christ back into Christmas but in my humble opinion, all these would be exactly what Christmas stands for – love, hope, peace and goodwill to all mankind. Let us put aside all differences and not spoil the mood by harping on all those age-old issues – honestly, I do think there is a time and a place for everything and you can go ahead and ruin your own, if you choose but don’t drag everybody else down with you – and share these very special Christmas gifts with one another…

Christmas gifts
*image from a Christmas card*

…and wish everybody…A BLESSED CHRISTMAS…or HAPPY HOLIDAYS, whichever may apply.

Cheers to all, May God bless all of us!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

22 thoughts on “Hallelujah…”

  1. A blessed Christmas to you and your family too! The Christmas decorations in Sibu are very nice – looks like they do put effort into putting the decorations up and not just simply get the job done.

    Thanks, and to you and yours too. They’ve been doing this for many years now. The Christmas Tree decoration is run by the town council…and the parade by the Christian churches, combined. Certainly goes a long way in making the occasion more meaningful for the folks in Sibu, never mind what race or religion – all united in the joy of the season.

  2. Wah I like that Frozen Christmas tree, like they say, ikut peredaran masa.. Everywhere, everything is Frozen now, even my boy is singing Let It Go all the time, haha πŸ˜€
    Merry Christmas to you & family.. Have a wonderful day ahead..

    Blessed Christmas to you and all your loved ones. Spread the love, share the joy! Cheers!

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I hope that you have a wonderful day with them today and I bet we get to see what you ate tomorrow hee..hee… πŸ˜€

    Thanks, and the same to you and yours. Hope you’re not back in Trengganu for Christmas. Severe flooding there! Very wet Christmas. Nope, may things lined up – you may get to see our Christmas dinner on or after New Year’s Day. πŸ˜€

  4. Haha, i’m the geek type, i don’t go all out to take photos on christmas decor >_<

    No worries, you’re not alone. Take a look! The snapshots are all “borrowed’ from friends on Facebook. πŸ˜€

  5. Much effort has been put into the decoration. Very nice indeed. A Blessed & Joyous Christmas to you & family.

    Yes, the authorities and the people concerned sure deserve a pat on the back for a job well done. Great that they’ve kept it up year after year. Sure gives more meaning and life to the Christmas celebration in this little town. Same to you and yours!

  6. thank you for the thoughtful reminders of what to cherish and hold on to for this season, arthur. may today and what remains of the year be a time of love and comfort for you and your family and close friends πŸ™‚

    Blessings to you and your loved ones too this Christmas and throughout the coming year. We live our lives the best we can and with a little bit of effort on everyone’s part, hopefully, it will be for the better in the days ahead.

  7. A Blessed Christmas to u and family, STP! Love that song, thks for sharing.

    Thank you, and to you and yours too. Yes, when I heard it, I thought it was so very beautiful, moving.

  8. Merry Christmas to you and your family, STP.

    I like the Christmas gift very much, especially this
    ” To every child, a good example.”

    Thanks, and to you and all in the family as well. Yes, love the “gifts” – meaningful and very much needed in our present day and age.

  9. Merry Christmas to you and family, Arthur! What a beautiful song. Never heard it before.

    Thank you and the same to you and your loved ones. Yes, the song’s really beautiful and even nicer with the Christmas lyrics.

  10. Love, love, love that song!
    May the blessings of Christmas be with you (and your family) today and always πŸ™‚

    I love it too. Almost broke down in tears the first time I heard it – so beautiful. Blessings upon you and your family too, thanks.

  11. May God bless you and your family with good health, happiness and joys. Merry Christmas!

    …and you and yours too! Cheers!!!

  12. Yeah, I get what you mean about contestants using this song during singing competitions…. it’s like when you listen to it too often, you tend to dislike the song. I have the Leonard Cohen version and I’ve not even played the song in weeks.

    Too bad we don’t have Candy Cane Lanes here, do we? Merry Christmas to you and your family!! =)

    I read reviews of Cohen’s version – they seem to think it is somewhat negatively inclined despite the very beautiful melody…and this one, I like the Christmas lyrics – so much more meaningful for the festive season. Very nice! Yes, Happy Christmas to you and yours too!

  13. Merry Christmas to u and your family. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed one.

    Blessings upon you and your loved ones this Christmas & throughout the new year too, thanks.

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