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Give Back the Song

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Luke 2:1-20; Revelation 19:1-6

There was a beautiful, majestic song that the angels sang on the night that Jesus was born. It was a song of redemption- the Savior was born. It was a song of peace and restoration, of companionship with God, of joy.

When Jesus returns to take us home to Heaven, we will join the chorus of the multitude and sing hallelujah and glory to God for eternity.

Now, as I wait for Him to come back for me, I want to spend my days tuning my heart to sing His praises. Through the long, sad and lonely days, through the beautiful and fun days, I want my voice to already be a part of that eternal chorus.

What should my song be? I believe it should be the same as that of the angels- redemption, peace, restoration, companionship, and joy. I shouldn’t fear ever running out of praises to sing to my Lord.

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Come to Us, Abide with Us

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Luke 2:1-20

Christmas is in seven days. Are you ready? Are your cards sent, gifts wrapped? Are your travel plans made?

Many think of Advent only as the season leading up to Christmas. There are a prescribed number of days that we count down to the special day when we celebrate Jesus’ birth. We know when Christmas is coming.

But the people who had waited centuries for their Messiah to come didn’t know when He was coming. Not until, of course, the angels started showing up and telling people!

Advent isn’t only about Christmas. It’s also about Jesus’ return to earth. There is no countdown for that- only God the Father knows the date and the time.

We are meant to be ready at any time for Him to return for us. During this final week of Advent, take a moment to examine your heart and understand how the Lord means for you to prepare.

Jesus Our Emmanuel

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Today begins the final week of Advent. This is a portion of the poem that I love to meditate on every Advent. It’s a poem by Christina Rosetti called, “The Christmas Carol.” It’s most familiar to us as a Christmas hymn called “In the Bleak Mid-Winter.”

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty,
Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Jesus Our Emmanuel”

Bless All the Dear Children

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Matthew 18:2-5, Mark 9:36-37, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 10:19

I have so many great memories of Christmas from my childhood. All the Christmas pageants, the socials we went to during December, watching all the Christmas cartoons, and, of course, making out that all-important list. Continue reading “Bless All the Dear Children”

Royal Beauty Bright

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Matthew 2:1-12

The King of Heaven and Earth became a tiny baby, wrapped in swaddling cloths, and placed in a manger.

The humble surroundings didn’t cause Him to lose His beauty or majesty. The angels still sang, the shepherds still worshipped, the star still burned.

There is a lyric in a Christmas song that always touches me. It’s a song about the Magi, and the lyric is this: “One king held the frankincense, one king held the myrrh, one king held the purest gold, and one King held the hope of the world.”

No matter what your life looks like today- whether it’s regal or humble, whether you walk with Him daily or haven’t met Him yet- Christ holds the only hope for your life.

Tender and Mild

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Luke 2:7, Colossians 3:12-15, Philippians 2:6-11

Once there was a very religious, very bold, but very cruel, man. He was cruel because he was out to destroy anyone who had faith in a particular belief that he was against. In fact, he even stood by and watched while someone was brutally martyred for this belief. He would do anything it took to bring about the downfall of anyone who held to this belief. Continue reading “Tender and Mild”

Everlasting Light

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Isaiah 9:6-7, Colossians 3:1-4, Jude 24-25

Do you feel the clock ticking down to Christmas like I do?  It seems with every tick there is another item added to my to-do list. There are so many things I want to do to observe the season of Christ’s birth, but time is just too short.

Continue reading “Everlasting Light”

A Midnight Clear

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Isaiah 9:6, Luke 2:14

This afternoon I was listening to a song that was describing how busy the Christmas season is. There are so many things to do, and this isn’t a bad thing. In fact, to me it is a blessing to have so many wonderful friends in my life that I want to share this special time of year with.  No, being busy isn’t always a bad thing. Continue reading “A Midnight Clear”

Free from Sorrow

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Psalm 31:14-15a, John 16:22, Psalm 16:11

Sometimes I forget that I’m not home yet. I get tempted to allow grief over earthly things and circumstances take over my thoughts, and even to overwhelm my heart. I easily get distracted by fear, by past sin, by “un-smart” things I’ve done, by all the awfulness of life- forgetting to look at my blessings.

But then Jesus pulls me back to Him. His presence in my life is the reassurance that, despite all that awfulness, He is still the lover of my soul. He has no intention of ever leaving me alone. In His presence, my heart is full of joy (Psalm 16:11).

My relationship with Jesus does not mean that everything lost will be restored. It does not mean that my life will be a showroom of worldly pleasures. It does not fill my bank accounts to overflowing. It does not assure me of never being alone.

What Jesus does is this: He frees me from being in bondage to a sorrowful heart. Yes, I’m going to have grief and sorrow in this world, but that grief does not have to have power over me. In John 16:22, Jesus says, “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.”

In those times of deepest sorrow, I can remember the joy of the birth of the Lord Jesus at Christmas, and I can look forward to the day when I will see Him face to face, when I will finally be in my eternal home.

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