Abide in Me

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Abide with me; fast falls theeventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Words:Henry Lyte (1847)

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x O Holy Night

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O Holy Night

O holy night the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn

Fall on your knees
O hear the angels’ voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine o night
O night divine

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
Fall on your knees

O hear the angels’ voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine o night
O night divine

Words:  John S. Dwight, 1813
Music: Adolphe C. Adam, 1803

 

~deil~

Joy to the World

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Joy to the World

Joy to the world!
The Lord has come.
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world!
The Savior reigns.
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make
His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found

Words and Music: G. F. HANDEL, ISAAC WATTS

It is a joyful time for all the world — the Lord has come! Emmanuel has come!

~deil~

Silent Night

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Silent Night

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright,
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Words:  Joseph Mohr 1818
Music:  Franz Gruber, 1818

Silent night.  I wonder how silent the night really was?  Nobody really knows.    This isn’t Scripture so we cannot extend to it any protection of inerrancy or divine inspiration.  However, we might reflect on silence.  Silence may not only be possible when there are no other sounds.  There can be peace in the midst of turmoil, solitude in the midst of the crowd and silence when the world is screaming all around us.

Silent night.  Holy night.  All is calm.  All is right…and bright.

~deil~

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I heard the bells on Christmas Day, 
Their old familiar carols play.  
And wild and sweet the words repeat 
Of peace on earth goodwill to men

And in despair I bowed my head, 
“There is no peace on earth,” I said.  
“For hate is strong and mocks the song 
Of peace on earth goodwill to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep; 
“God is not dead, not doth He sleep; 
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, 
With peace on earth goodwill to men.

Words:  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1864
Music: Jean Baptiste Calkin, 1872

Amen!

Timely words for today’s world.  As we enter this Christmas season all of the old, familiar songs, movies, activities will come round.  It’s all very familiar.  For many, over the past few weeks, the world they live in has been filled with despair, for there is no peace on earth.  Hate is strong and flowing in all directions at the same time.  Even among those who follow Christ there seems to more and more fear and hate creeping in, wafting in and out of the the nooks and crannies of faith and family.

But God is not dead and he’s not sleeping on the world.  It may be hard to see but wrong will fail, evil will be defeated and death will die.  Right will overcome wrong; good will overcome evil; life will overcome death.

Peace is the common thread through it all.  In the midst of turmoil there can be peace.  At the same time peace is the thing for which we continually strive.

~deil~

Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus

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Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus

Come, Thou long-expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free.
From our fears and sins release us;
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art–
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart!

Words:  Charles Wesley, 1744
Music: Rowland H. Prichard, 1830

The people had long been expecting their Messiah, this is true.  But when he came he wasn’t anything like what they expected.  In fact, they did not recognize him.  They were expecting a mighty King that leveraged his power and authority to wipe out all those that stood against God and His chosen people.  Instead, Emmanuel came as an ordinary man who leveraged compassion, mercy, grace and love to change the world.

This is an excellent book that tells the story for children (and adults)–Tabitha’s Travels by Arnold Ytreeide

~deil~