The First Carol

 

She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.”

–Genesis 4:1 (NIV)

            I imagine the hovering of the Spirit of God over the waters on the face of the primal earth and God’s spoken words as music and as rightly expressing the joyous fellowship of our heavenly Father, His Son, and His Holy Spirit in their work of creation. The Godhead made the other beauties of creation the hallmarks of their handiwork.

Nor does it surprises us that the first human utterance should be a poem (Genesis 2:23), albeit somewhat formal and constrained. That makes Eve’s first words after Cain’s birth all the more remarkable: they contain the nucleus a song—a song of joy, hope, and praise—a carol and the first of many.

Eve’s carol speaks to the strength of human resilience after she has shattered the primal joy and innocence of life in fellowship with God in Eden, God’s garden (Genesis 3). She might have unloaded her bitterness by cursing the serpent, grumbling about unfamiliar hardships, or whining about the new burden thrust upon her without informed consent or resources. We have a term for such reactions, but we may at least credit Eve for not coining it.

In this respect, Eve makes a worthy ancestor for the mother of Jesus Christ.

Author: Richard S. Barnett

Prayer

May nothing ever overshadow your joy in Christmas carols or the nearness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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