Sufjan Stevens - “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
There is absolutely no reason for this to be on a Christmas album. None. It is a somber hymn about grace and faltering in one’s faith. Sure, I guess, it is about Jesus, but not His birth. There is also no reason for me to love this song as much as I do. I didn’t sing it when I was young, the way I did most other Christian songs I’m attached to. I think it’s the lines “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it / Prone to leave the God I love.” It’s such a powerful admission of frailty, and one of the voices in the mix breaks just a little as it’s sung, right in the reach to the first syllable of “wander.”
That’s the closest I can come to identifying exactly why I love this song, and I don’t think I did very well, but it was a worth a try.