December 22

Faith Hill’s Rendition of “What Child is This?”

Mellow instrument playing and a soothing singing voice gives me peace of mind. Hence, I have specifically picked the following clip for our listening pleasure.

“What Child is This?” by Faith Hill

Faith Hill’s full voice and clear wordings had me playing the song more than once. More than that, I have much respect for her singing of gospel or anything Christian. Coming from a devout Baptist family, her choice of spiritual songs reflect her understanding of faith. Speaking of which, her name ‘Faith’ suits her.

Though a big star in her own rights, she clearly knows the source of all her success. Out of gratitude perhaps, Faith Hill has been an active advocate of not a few charities. She and her husband Tim McGraw have even started a foundation to fund initiatives in humanitarian endeavors.

Sure, we may have an array of conflicting opinions about their political choices. Still, there is no denying they are the deal in terms of Christianity. (And we are free to disagree with this one.)


Text for What Child is This?” was authored by William Chatterson Dix. In 1865. Its music was set to the tune of Greensleeves, a 16th Century English melody arranged by Sir John Stainer. To date, said Carol has been published in more than 160 hymnals.


Rhetorical in concept, the song aims to glorify how distinct the infant Jesus was among other babies born at that time. In its original writing, the lyrics seek to give light on the manner of Jesus’ nativity.

The first stanza explains that though born in a lowly manger, his birth was no ordinary phenomenon. A choir of angels hailed his birth and the first guests have chosen to see him were humble shepherds.

The second stanza speaks of the significance of heaven’s royalty born in a humble place. It points to that historical event when the babe born to be King redeemed his people with his life.

The precious gifts in the third stanza highlight that this King of Kings will return to take his inheritance. That will be us. People he purchased with his own blood.



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