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Angel's Lullaby

The Spirit Of Christmas Christy Nockels - Angel's Lullaby

Christy Nockels shares how writing a Christmas song took her on the heart journey of remembering the work of the Holy Spirit in ordinary people, through the extraordinary arrival of Jesus...


Just after my third child was born I was asked to write a song for a special project that our church was working on. It would be a Christmas record, a collaborative effort from artists that were members of our church to raise money for African Missions. My heart resonated with the idea of contributing a song that would help raise money for our brothers and sisters in Kenya, Nigeria and the Sudan. But In the sleepy haze of becoming a parent of 3, I was not sure I could actually rise to the occasion. My husband Nathan and I sat down several times to try to tackle some old Christmas song ideas from the past, but nothing was stirring that felt right for this particular project.

A few nights later I was holding my newborn daughter in just the lamp light of our bedroom. I began to study her hands, her chin and her tiny mouth... Her chest was held close to my heart with her face angled up where I could feel her breathing on my chin. I grabbed a notebook from the table next to me and began to jot down little phrases, just capturing the beauty of that moment as best I could. Babies have a way of getting us to ponder the impossible as you look at the intricate work of their tiny features and think, "this came from me?" I guess I'm just amazed that having babies was on the list of things God decided would be a daily occurrence in the lives of everyday people. Soon I was lost in thought. This new little arrival of my own got me thinking of that wondrous night, and the "impossible arrival" that would change the world forever...

It truly was a collision between all things glorious and everything that is earthly, lowly and raw. The Creator of the universe comes to us as a tiny baby, born of a peasant girl, with just a manger for a bed. But while He did come humbly, His birth was far from ordinary. Even from the time Gabriel first delivered the news to Mary, that she was to bear a son from her virgin womb, it was nothing short of extraordinary. The angel of the Lord said to her (Luke 1:35), "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." He then tells her about Elizabeth, her relative, who has become pregnant at a very old age and concludes with, "for nothing is impossible with God". When you read on, you learn that the pregnant Mary later goes to stay with Elizabeth. Luke writes that the baby within Elizabeth leapt for joy upon hearing Mary's greeting and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit! Seriously, how amazing is that? How precious is the work of the Holy Spirit!

One of the most amazing things about the story of Christ's birth is the response of the people chosen by God to be most intricately involved. From Joseph's courage and strength to the shepherds who were minding their own business in a field one night, each responded to the earth-shattering news with fear and faith. Isn't that the beauty of the Spirit of God living His life through us? Because of a broken world, we fear the unknown and the tasks that seem bigger than life itself. But the Spirit of God, when welcomed by an obedient heart, empowers us to respond in a God-size way to God-size things. While Mary's obedience is to be greatly admired, we must remember that "the Spirit of God came upon her and the power of the Most High overshadowed her..." He would not give Mary something of this magnitude to carry without the promise that He would empower her to complete the journey. All things glorious met the earthly and lowly not to glorify the earthly, but to show us HIS glory and HIS great love for us. He chose ordinary people to beautifully display for us the extraordinary things that can happen when He fills a life with His Spirit. This is even true when we worship. Worship is our response to God each day, but it is not just by human action alone, the Spirit of God empowers us to worship our Creator as He continually reminds us of who God is.

That's what our Savior's birth would do that night...display who God really is. From the terrifying, triumphant announcement in the sky, to the quiet moments treasured in Mary's heart, God was reaching down to man. With this tiny child He would breathe His breath upon a dying world. His heart was now lowered down upon the earth in perfect form...His only Son.

As for the song...it followed all these thoughts that night. It was not meant to try to capture the angels appearing to the shepherds in the fields that night....we would have needed a bigger budget for that! But instead, it's what I can only imagine were some of Mary's most treasured thoughts as she held her newborn son, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Maybe the shepherds had just been there and told Mary and Joseph about the heavenly hosts appearing and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests!" Maybe there were angelic lullabies and heavenly visitations around the manger all night long! As an artist holding a newborn of my own, I took the liberty of imagining Mary taking in all the sights and sounds around her and praising her heavenly Father. In a dusty stable full of animals, I'm sure she worshiped as she welcomed new life, new hope...Jesus. A promise had been fulfilled. God only knows what Mary knew of the things to come, or what she treasured and pondered that night, but from the heart of a mother, I can almost hear her singing now...


Tiny heart, held close to mine
Beating for all the world,
I dance to it's rhythm...

Tiny mouth, breathing on me
Fresh from the breath of God
I will always remember...

How the angels sang with pow'r and conviction
Announcing You, with a glorious sound...

Glory to the newborn King
Glory to God in the highest
Praise, adoration lifted on high
It's the angels' lullaby...
It's the angels' lullaby...

Sleep my child, a darker day comes
And this night will be a sweet memory,
Kept in our heart of hearts...

Holy One, wrapped 'neath the stars
You'll exceed all expectation
Can you hear Your praises?

As the angels sing with pow'r and conviction
Announcing You, with a glorious sound...

Glory to the newborn King
Glory to God in the highest
Praise, adoration lifted on high
It's the angels' lullaby...
It's the angels' lullaby...

From the brightest star, to a mother's heart
A promise carried through
Hear the melodies of all who will believe
And let them welcome You...

la la la la la la la la
la la la la la la la la...
la la la la la la la la
Praise You, Praise You, Praise You, Praise You!

Glory to the newborn King
Glory to God in the highest
Praise, adoration lifted on high
It's the angels' lullaby...
It's the angels' lullaby...
It's Your angel lullaby...
Praise You, Praise You, Lord....


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Nathan & Christy Nockels 2007

Christy Nockels is a worship leader/singer-songwriter who makes her home in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Nathan Nockels, and their 3 children. Christy and Nathan, formerly known as "Watermark" have toured nationwide for the past 10 years and have led worship for Passion Conferences. Christy's heart through leading and writing is to help people communicate intimately with the living God, and to leave a legacy of proclaiming Jesus' fame to this generation.

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