Friday, December 26, 2008
Luke 2: 8-14. " Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men." (vs. 14) The angels were bringing the greatest message of all time to the shepherds watching over their flocks.
Listen to this beautiful song, The First Noel, below. Imagine the angels singing gloriously....I can't help but sing along.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Mathew 2:1 -12
It was very fitting that the son that is very interested in astronomy got the star ornament today. He doesn't know it yet, but his big present this year is a nice telescope - ssssshhhhh....don't tell. He was very interested in the story of the magi following the stars for many years and searching and searching for signs and then there it was - THE star, THE sign, THE Messiah. It's like our search for God. We have to really want him, search for him, and it may take a while to fully understand the depth of his love for us. But then, with our childlike faith, and the awe and excitement as the Magi had, we take him into our hearts and then we grow and grow through our relationship with him. I wonder if the wise men fully understood what they were searching for, or if they just had faith that he was the savior? I wonder if they kept tabs on him as he grew up?
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Come Then, Lord Jesus
Words by Horatius Bonar alt by Hutson and Bowser, Music by Kenny Hutson & Katy Bowser.
© 2007 Velveteen Music (SESAC)/Jiggyfoot Music (SESAC)
1. The Church has waited long Her absent Lord to see
And still in loneliness she waits A friendless stranger she
Age after age has gone, Sun after sun has set
And still, in weeds of widowhood, She weeps a mourner yet
Chorus: Come then, Lord Jesus, come
Come then, Lord Jesus
Come then, Lord Jesus, come, come, come.
2. The serpent’s brood increase, The powers of hell grow bold
The conflicts thickens, faith is low, And love is waxing cold
How long, O Lord our God, Holy and true and good
Wilt thou not judge Thy suffering Church, Her sighs and
tears and blood?
3. We long to hear thy voice, To see Thee face to face
To share Thy crown and glory then, As now we share thy grace
Should not the loving bride, The absent Bridegroom mourn?
Should she not wear the weeds of grief, Until her
4. The whole creation groans, And wait to hear that voice
That shall restore her comeliness, And make her wastes rejoice
Come, Lord, and wipe away, The curse, the sin, the stain
And make this blighted world of ours, Thine own fair
We sang this song today as a part of our family worship. I just love the words to this song and found it very appropriate for our Jesse Tree devotion today. If you can find a snippet of the music online somewhere, give it a listen to.
The Return to the Land
Ezra 1; Nehemiah 6:15, 16
After 70 years of captivity, Judah was brought back to their land, the wall of Jerusalem was completed. The people waited for the messenger, John the Baptist, as the herald of Christ's first coming. Luke 1:76, 7:27.
Prophecy of Bethlehem
From the smallest of towns our savior was born. Please Lord, use us as small and weak as we are, for your glory. Luke 2:1 - 7
Thursday, December 18, 2008
"Why did Jesus come to earth?"
Here is a poem my little princess is memorizing:
Song - Eugene Field
Why do the bells of Christmas ring?
Why do the little children sing?
Once a lovely shining star,
Seen by shepherds from afar,
Gently moved until its light
Made a manger's cradle bright.
There a darling baby lay,
Pillowed soft upon the hay;
And its mother sung and smiled:
"This is Christ, the holy Child!"
Therefore bells for Christmas ring,
Therefore little children sing.
I wonder what Mary was thinking when her baby boy - grown man was being nailed to the cross. I wonder if she knew part of his destiny was to be a suffering servant? I wonder if she wept: "But, this is Christ, the holy Child!"
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Well, we had a busy weekend. We had the Bible..... II Kings 23:1-3 Josiah sent some men to clean up the church and they found portions of the Bible, it had been lost for a long time. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" Psalm 119:105.
the stump of Jesse..... (thank you Grandma T. it's lovely!) Isaiah 11:1 - 5. This is the symbol that we get our Advent Jesse Tree from. Jesse was the father of David. God had to warn His people that they would be cut off for a time because of their sins, from their brokenness would shoot forth a new branch - JESUS! the anointed one.
and the lion and the lamb, which I will post pictures of later.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This ornament really suites my 2nd son. I think he would have volunteered to aim it straight at Goliah, had he been there.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
*I have a special love for this story because we named our oldest son Obed, after seeing it in the Bible. The name means servant of God.
Ruth 1-4, Mathew 1:5
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I'm participating in the Celebrating The Season Blog Carnival. Join in! Thankyou Molly for putting this together.