Category Archives: Advent

All Come and Adore Him

    Sometime over this weekend, I’m guessing, you will sing, “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”   When you do, pray, O come all ye faithless, all who do not believe. Come and believe. Come and adore. Come now, or … Continue reading

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Count ‘Em

    Count Your Blessings meets Joy to the World:     “And wonders, and wonders of his love.” Count his many wonders . . . “Name them one by one,  and it will surprise you  what the Lord has … Continue reading

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God Rest You Merry, Noble Women

  To my female readers— Do you feel left out of this Christmas carol?   God rest you merry, Gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay. Not to worry, God’s got it covered–in the well-known description of the wife of noble character: Proverbs … Continue reading

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Let’s All Sing, “Away in a Manger”

  OK, call me fickle. Yesterday I criticized Away in a Manger. Today, I want us to sing it. Together. Often. All the verses. What’s with that? Tucked away in the third verse is the best prayer ever. For everyone. … Continue reading

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Away in a [Not So Pristine] Manger

  I gotta admit–Away in a Manger bugs me a bit. It makes the stable and manger seem sweet. Lullaby sweet. And I have second thoughts.   The only good thing about birthing a baby in a stable is that it … Continue reading

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Hark! It’s the Doxology

    We sing the Doxology every Sunday:   “Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.” Sing, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing–same thought, slightly different words: “Christ, by highest heaven adored.” And we get to sing alongside that heavenly host: Glory … Continue reading

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Hark! The Words Shine Forth Today

    Handy Hubby hung swags of colored lights along our back fence. I look into the darkness and see a path of lights along the edge of our property. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is a set of beautiful … Continue reading

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Hark! Angles Say

Imagine this scene (with Charles Wesley’s attention to detail)– Shepherds abide in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. The sky explodes with ten thousand flashes of lightning.             Angels speak in the north … Continue reading

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Hark! Angels Sing

  I imagine shepherds on the hillside, watching their flocks by night. Someone is playing a simple wooden flute, a quiet melody floating over men and sheep–gray shadows caught in a flicker of firelight.   BOOM! The skies open with … Continue reading

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Hark! How All the Welkin Rings

    Welkin?   According to Websters, welkin is “the vault of the sky, firmament,” or “celestial abode of God.” And when Charles Wesley penned the words of a now familiar carol, he wrote, Hark! How all the welkin rings, … Continue reading

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