Angels from the Realms of Glory

One of my all time favorite carols, this classic proclamation of the Good News beautifully covers the main players in the Christmas story. Angels from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o’er all the earth; Ye who sang creation’s story, Now proclaim Messiah’s birth: Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the newbornContinue reading “Angels from the Realms of Glory”

Rejoice & be merry

Rejoice and be merry in songs and in mirth! O praise our Redeemer; all mortals on earth! For this is the birthday of Jesus our King, Who brought us salvation, His praises we’ll sing! With the announcement of the season of Christmas, many of us first think of all the extra tasks or jobs weContinue reading “Rejoice & be merry”

Joy to the World

Joy to the World, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing…. the wonders of His love! This season is meant to be a shining beacon of hope to a wearyContinue reading “Joy to the World”

Coventry Carol

Lullay, Thou little tiny Child, By, by, lully, lullay. Lullay, Thou little tiny Child. By, by, lully, lullayb The days in which God determines Jesus was to arrive here on earth were tremulous ones. Great political unrest, overtaxing, long hard days forced to serve ‘landlords’ not of your choosing. Revolution was constantly simmering when itContinue reading “Coventry Carol”

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen Let nothing you dismay Remember, Christ, our Saviour Was born on Christmas day To save us all from Satan’s power When we were gone astray O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy! We can have rest because Jesus was born. Shocking, isn’tContinue reading “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

when the stable fills with wonder…the shepherds

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has justContinue reading “when the stable fills with wonder…the shepherds”

when God arrives in your brokeness

Tonight, we remember Jesus born of Mary, bundled to keep warm, resting after His big arrival in an animal’s feeding trough. Not quite the King sized bed you and I expected for the most important king in history. God knew one thing that would make all the difference with the arrival of Jesus. We needContinue reading “when God arrives in your brokeness”

on the road to Bethlehem

We left off with Joseph & Mary on the long trek to Bethlehem. Still on the road… I wonder if Mary asked,  “Are we there yet?!” as her womb started sending signals it was full and had had enough. I wonder how sick of leading the donkey and being on his feet all day JosephContinue reading “on the road to Bethlehem”

Adventures in Advent

With the arrival of Advent comes the retelling of the Christmas story. I have heard it many times… in song, through drama, or by a reader at church. I have read the story to myself, and to my children. This year, I am doing something different. I have never read the whole story in theContinue reading “Adventures in Advent”