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What’s in a word?

One of my favorite missionary Christmas stories happened back in the early 2000s. We had a young man named Wes serving with us in the Amazon that was very gifted musically. He played several instruments and sang as well.

Since he was far from home, he knew his family would miss him (especially his momma). He decided to do something special and unique as a Christmas present.

So, he recorded several Christmas Carols to send to his family. He spent several days working on this unique project, and when he finished the project, he asked if we would like to hear. Our answer, of course, was yes.

The first few songs were beautiful, his talents shone through, and it was a very personal and intimate project. I knew his family would love it UNTIL we heard his rendition of Silent Night.

Silent Night, Holy Night
All is calm; all is bright 
ROUND YOUNG virgin, mother and child…

Wait, what?!

We informed Wes that the lyrics were “Round yon virgin,” an antiquated phraseology, no doubt, but I’m not sure Round young virgin has the intended effect.

We had a good laugh; he rerecorded the song. To this day, every time I sing that carol, it brings a smile to my face. And at least once a year, I sing Wes’s version, just for giggles.

Merry Christmas, y’all!

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