Posted by: Larry Hoekman | December 22, 2016

Christmas — Sometimes Better Read Than Sung!

Day 2619: A young Christ following man who was on the first basketball team I coached in ’72, ’73 died recently. Please pray for Blake and his family! (Spacing issues again . . .)

Scripture: But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, One whose origins are from the distant past. Micah 5:2

Thoughts/questions: Please read this carol carefully, as this song was more meaningful to me when I read it than when I have sung it.

“O little town of Bethlehem How still we see thee lie Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight
For Christ is born of Mary And gathered all above While mortals sleep, the angels keep Their watch of wondering love O morning stars together Proclaim the holy birth And praises sing to God the King And Peace to men on earth
How silently, how silently The wondrous gift is given So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of His heaven No ear may hear His coming But in this world of sin Where meek souls will receive Him still The dear Christ enters in
O holy Child of Bethlehem Descend to us, we pray Cast out our sin and enter in Be born to us today We hear the Christmas angels The great glad tidings tell O come to us, abide with us Our Lord Emmanuel O come to us, abide with us Our Lord Emmanuel”
May You sense the abiding presence of Jesus during these final days before Christmas!


Suggested prayer: Dear Jesus, You have made a small city into a great one! Use me, as small as I am, and lift me up to serve You and others . . .

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