A “Hallelujah” Christmas by Cloverton HD
Coffee Shop Christmas Hallelujahs
Leonard Cohen, who was a Jew, wrote the song of this video which tells of the birth of the Christ Child. As you view the video you will notice the expressions on the faces of the coffee shop customers. At no other time of the year, would there be such acceptance of, and appreciation for, this Hallelujah song.
It is amazing that the first day of Hanukkah is on Kislev 25 of the Jewish calendar. Christmas Day has the Gregorian Calendar date of December 25. If this song were to have been played in this particular coffee shop in August, September, October, or during any other month of the year other than December, it may not have created the same emotional response that we see in each face of the video’s coffee shop patrons. Such a response is to be expected in a Christian grouping, but whether a believer in Christ or not, this song very often resonates deeply in the minds of many people whom have never set foot in any type of church or congregation.
There are small restaurants and coffee shops in many cities and towns that present an unusual opportunity for witnessing. In my town there is a quaint and intimate coffee shop that has a piano which is situated near most of the tables where patrons drop in and spend an enjoyable time, consuming hot coffee and tasty muffins, and sharing intimate conversations. There have been times when I have been there enjoying the niceness of an evening that someone would make their way over to the piano and begin planing a series of songs that “just hit the needed spot.” The stresses of the day would seem to disappear from my mind and leave me desiring more of that soul-easing music. I imagine that there are similar places that have pianos, that can also be played for the pleasure of the customers.
Consider the setting that is shown in the video. A young man sits down at a piano in a coffee shop and begins playing a song that is pleasing to the mind of almost anybody, whether Christian, Jew or indifferent. I am certain that there are readers of this post who are musically inclined and talented, and who would like to take such an opportunity to share the message of Christ to people who are usually isolated, or insulated, from such a story of the love of God. Give it a listen; share the story. Consider adding a guitarist, or other musicians, and have a small combo. Always consider ways of creative witnessing (Acts 1:8).
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!” (Luke 2:8-14)
Leonard Cohen Information:
Leonard Cohen Biography – Singer, Poet, Songwriter (1934–2016)
Jewish Calendar – 25 Kislev, Day 1 of Chanukah/Hanukkah
Published on Dec 6, 2014
Cloverton is a Kansas-based band, sharing songs from a genuine place of faith and longing. Their take on Leonard Cohen’s classic 1984 hit, “Hallelujah” is the latest in over 300 covers of the song – more than any other song in history.
This may be one of the best yet, with lyrics you may not have heard before. Perfect for this 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
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
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
You’ll find Him in a manger bed
Immanuel and Savior, Hallelujah
A star shown bright up in the east
To Bethlehem, the wisemen 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
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