This past weekend found me in Nashville, TN, attending a concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium; Andrew Peterson's, Behold The Lamb of God. Of course the venue itself held a mystery only time can give, but the music that echoed within held another mystery; the story of our Saviour's humble entry into this world.

Matthew's Begats

Andrew Peterson has become one of my favorite songwriters and musicians. His lyrics have helped me see life through different eyes and the folkish melodies that accompany them have rung true with my Appalachian roots. His 2010 record, Counting Stars, was my introduction to his music. I had the album on repeat for who knows how many weeks. His songs hold an honesty about life, joy in God’s promises, reassurance in trials and puzzling questions, sometimes left unanswered.

Row B Seat 1

But back to last weekend… I purchased my ticket as soon as the pre-sale went live and as it turned out that got me an almost from row seat on the end of an age old, wooden pew. How cool is that? Yes, the concert was wonderful, as I expected it would be, and yes I enjoyed seeing many familiar faces grace the stage that night, but greater than all that was the majesty of the story they were telling. I could go on and on about the evening, but no doubt you’re all quite busy about now, after all it is Christmas Eve! So, I leave you with the words from Sally Lloyd-Jones, read before each performance of Behold The Lamb of God. You’ll find a link to the songs below, and on this Christmas Eve, may I recommend that you gather ’round and listen to the old, old Story!

Sally Lloyd-Jones Andrew Peterson

“No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne ~ everything ~ to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!

You see, the best thing about this story is ~ it’s true.

There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.

It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a  puzzle ~ the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.”

Behold The Lamb of God

Click below to listen to the music.



4 Responses to “Gather ‘Round Ye Children Come”

  1. Craig Southern Says:

    Adam, It is great to see a young man of your age so easily share their love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is not just any old story. I am sure the show was fabulous . Thank you for sharing it and your views about it. It is going to be wonderful to see what the Lord has in store for you as the years pass and your journey unfolds. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas

  2. Adam Hager Says:

    Thank you, Craig, and Merry Christmas to you as well!

  3. jack hager Says:

    my name is jack hager my grand father was from tazwell county va.i wonder if your people had any connection to that area or just west va.?

  4. Adam Hager Says:

    Hi, Jack! I have roots in Lincoln County, WV but none that I know of in VA. It’s nice to meet you though. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

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