I’ve always been fond of the song, “Auld Lang Syne” — and not just because it marks the end of It’s a Wonderful Life, a film that often stretches far too long into the night (even though I can’t help but love the old Bailey Building and Loan).

The song has a lovely melody, paired with nostalgic lyrics derived from a Scottish poem. Being one of only two songs typically sung by inebriated gatherings on New Year’s Eve, it also has a mix of bittersweet merriment that I’m drawn to. Besides the old-fashioned language, I love the image of loyal camaraderie that it paints. Valuing the simple things, like friendships and drink, it also presents the belief that time and distance shouldn’t be able to mar true fellowship with “auld acquaintances.”

It’s very hobbit-like, which I find endearing.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne
And there’s a hand, my trusty friend
And gie’s a hand to thine
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne

Then last week, Jessup’s morning chapel band led us in “For All That You Have Done,” a song by Rend Collective that had a familiar melody but unfamiliar lyrics. It was a re-envisioned version of Auld Lang Syne, proclaiming the goodness of Christ! I absolutely loved it. Never having heard it before, I made a mental note to look it up when I got home. That evening, while building my ever-expanding “A Very Folksy Christmas” Spotify playlist, I ran across the song on Rend Collective’s Christmas album.

Needless to say, it’s been on repeat ever since.

I love the passion expressed in this version, the unpolished vocals, the Celtic flavor, the truth-laced lyrics — basically everything about it.

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As I examine my own spiritual journey, especially over the last year, this song feels like an appropriate memorial stone to the faithfulness of God. The second verse expresses this beautifully when it says:

You know our failures and regrets
You always led us home
Redemption’s arm has raised us up
Our triumph in the storm

I see “For All That You Have Done” as an anthem of faith that will continue to lead my heart, even outside this Christmas season (and long after the clinking of glasses ends on New Year’s Eve). Plus, I’ll always picture George Bailey’s adorable little daughter singing along in her adorable little girl voice, as the bell rings symbolically on the tree.

So, this Christmas season, I offer this song to you as a gift. And I can’t wait to share more of my newly discovered favorites from this season. I’d also love to hear some of yours, so I can add them to my playlists. Have a blessed week, friends!

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Bailey-12  Bailey Gillespie works as adjunct faculty and Director of Academic Engagement at William Jessup University. She lives near Sacramento, California and loves connecting with people over health, creativity, and faith. Recently, her writing has appeared on Real Hope RisingVoice of Courage, and The Rabbit Room. Read more at baileygillespie.com or follow her on Instagram and Goodreads.