This song has a special place in my heart. Graham Kendrick wrote a moving song showing us Jesus’ mother Mary’s point of view of the Nativity story and beyond. It speaks to both my heart as a mother, and to my spirit as a believer.
Okay, one more musical moment to share. It’s also by Graham Kendrick, and invites us to join in sharing the Good News of our Savior’s birth:
I pray you find moments of reflection and celebration this Christmas – God loves you so much! Blessings, Heather
Hello to all! One of the ways I communicate is through music. I love finding just the right song or piece to go with a celebration. So, this week, I want to share some of my favorite Christmas songs with you. I pray they will bless your heart.
This first song is called “Born in Bethlehem,” a little gem given to us by the group Third Day.
Why did Jesus come to Earth in human form? The answers to that question remind me how much we are truly loved by God.
Why? So that He could empathize with us and become our true High Priest. So that He could teach mankind how to live in a way we could better understand. So that we could see God “in the flesh.” So that our hope in God would be renewed. The list goes on and on…
I hope you are catching a little of the blessings I feel this time of year. And if we want to, we can carry this feeling through the year, sharing it with others as we go.
I wish you all a comforting and joyful Christmas! Heather
“Into this world, this demented inn in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited.”
“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him,the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
In the midst of this season’s busyness, I like to take moments here and there to think about when Jesus was born. I imagine what that quiet night was like, as if a hush had fallen on the world. And then, the noise of a baby giving out it’s first cry, and soon the angels’ joyful praises filling the sky. I picture Mary holding her newborn, in the stable, thrilled and yet wondering what was to come. It is a wonderful weaving together of humanity and divinity that always leaves me humbled.
“So God throws open the door of this world—and enters as a baby. As the most vulnerable imaginable. Because He wants unimaginable intimacy with you. What religion ever had a god that wanted such intimacy with us that He came with such vulnerability to us? What God ever came so tender we could touch Him? So fragile that we could break Him? So vulnerable that His bare, beating heart could be hurt? Only the One who loves you to death.” –
“But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.“
If this crazy year of 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that love has the power to connect us. And, we have God’s love within our hearts. In the simplest of ways, we can have a special impact on the people around us, and those far beyond our physical reach. So let’s think of ways we can make those loving connections, so this Christmas season can be even more meaningful.
“At this Christmas, when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.”
“…by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
As my faith has grown, Advent season has become more important to me. I used to see it as just a build-up to Christmas Day. It is definitely a time of anticipation, but we aren’t meant to simply push through it. Taking the time to savor the hope and love that God poured down on us through the gift of His Son makes this season so much sweeter.
”The word advent means ‘expectation.’ What advent can do for us is create a sense of hope.”
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”
“And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.’ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
This year has challenged us in so many ways, hasn’t it? And honestly, I wish I had handled some of the trials a little better. But I keep coming back to the truth that my God is so much bigger than ANY problem – and He is working on my behalf. All of us who believe in Christ have this promise. So really, our biggest challenge in times like this is to choose to rest in Him.
If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble.
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
This is the season to grab a firm hold again onto the hope that is ours! Let’s choose to focus on the most amazing gift that was given to us by our loving God. That will calm our hearts and brighten our spirits!
The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity–hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory–because at the Father’s will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross.
J. I. Packer
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”
“God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.”
“…if my people, who are called by my name,will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”