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Is Katy Perry the Voice of God?

It seems that Katy Perry’s latest offering has come just in time for Christmas. After all, what is Christmas if not a time to celebrate God-with-us and what Word-Become-Flesh means for us all?

Come just as you are

Don’t need apologies

Know that you are worthy

Can we come to the manger this way? Believing that we are worthy? Knowing that is exactly how God comes to us–where we are and just as we are?

The lyrics proclaim love unconditionally. The freedom from fear. The promise of acceptance. Isn’t that what we all really want for Christmas?

So open up your heart and let it begin.

Can we arrive at Christmas with our hearts open and ready to receive the Gift of all gifts? There is still time to open closed up hearts, to let go of old insecurities and to shed the shame that has weighed us down before we arrive at Bethlehem.

The video comes with all the drama and theater that has become “classic” Katy Perry, but the song itself may be just the song we need for Christmas if we truly want to full embrace its promise.  It’s time to open up your heart and let it begin.

Oh no, did I get too close?
Oh, did I almost see what’s really on the inside?
All your insecurities
All the dirty laundry
Never made me blink one time

Unconditional, unconditionally
I will love you unconditionally
There is no fear now
Let go and just be free
I will love you unconditionally

Come just as you are to me
Don’t need apologies
Know that you are worthy
I’ll take your bad days with your good
Walk through the storm I would
I do it all because I love you, I love you

Unconditional, unconditionally
I will love you unconditionally
There is no fear now
Let go and just be free
I will love you unconditionally

So open up your heart and just let it begin
Open up your heart and just let it begin
Open up your heart and just let it begin
Open up your heart

Acceptance is the key to be
To be truly free
Will you do the same for me?

Unconditional, unconditionally
I will love you unconditionally
And there is no fear now
Let go and just be free
‘Cause I will love you unconditionally (oh yeah)
I will love you (unconditionally)
I will love you
I will love you unconditionally

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