About a decade ago, a young newly-wed couple gifted us with Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God (10th Anniversary--2-Disc Set, of course). It was a treasured favorite of theirs and they wanted to share it with us. I liked the look of the cover--a nod to Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. So, we gave it a listen. Again. And again. And yes, again.
It has become a staple of our Advent celebration. He Who is Now Taller Than I learned the “Begats” song by heart. And not to be outdone, so did Mini-Hooper. As a mother, I completely resonated with “Labor of Love” and it is my favorite song on the disc. Likely, it is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Actually, it is. Top Ten.
For those unfamiliar with this “true tall tale of the coming of Christ”, it was written by Andrew Peterson and friends. He invited a host of uber-talented musicians (Jill Phillips, Andy Guilahorn, and Ben Shive, to drop a few names) to make this happen. They go on tour, each Advent season, bringing “Lamb” to a concert hall, sanctuary, or auditorium near you--hopefully. In 2010, the Tour made its way to our neck of the woods, providing a wonderful mom-and-son date for the aforementioned Tall One. No, I’m not showing favoritism. The Tour has not made it back here since Mini-Hooper was old enough to appreciate it. Let me know if you hear otherwise!
Lighting the first candle of Advent, musically-speaking, the singer invites us to “Gather Round, Ye Children Come” and listen to the old, old story. He starts from the beginning--which is a very good place to start. We walk through the Egyptian captivity until the Passover. And, then we find ourselves in the desert. With Moses. And, then Saul. And then, King David.
Lighting the second candle. O Come, O Come Emmanuel. And ransom captive Israel. That mourns in lonely exile here. Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice. And, the second candle is lit.
But, wait, there’s more.