I think for me sometimes I can take in the words to a hymn or chorus or passage of Scripture so often that it becomes rote and loses its meaning for me.
Every now and then, it helps to have a different arrangement or translation to bring out the truth of the text.
In this case, it’s a very familiar passage from John 1 that is very relevant to the Christmas season. I love the way the Message makes it come alive in a fresh new way:
“The Life-Light was the real thing:
Every person entering Life
he brings into Light.
He was in the world,
the world was there through him,
and yet the world didn’t even notice.
He came to his own people,
but they didn’t want him.
But whoever did want him,
who believed he was who he claimed
and would do what he said,
He made to be their true selves,
their child-of-God selves.
These are the God-begotten,
The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish” (John 1:9-14, The Message).