DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  – Romans 15:13

Do You Hear What I Hear? was written in 1962 by Noël Regney with music by his wife, Gloria Shayne.  They wrote the song during the Cuban missile crisis, calling for peace among the peoples.  It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been recorded by hundreds of artists.

When I was a kid, I remember a singer by the name of Ed Ames singing that song at Christmas.  Isn’t it funny what you remember from childhood?  There’s something about the music of Christmas – especially Christmas past.

I’ve heard so many sermons at Christmas and almost all of them at least touch on the fact that news of Christ’s birth was told to the lowly and eventually it spread to the most mighty.  God sent His Son for ALL – everyone, regardless of status in the world.  He sent angels to the shepherds, of all people.

Do You Hear What I Hear? is about the good news of Christ’s birth being spread from the lowest to the most high.  It ends with the mighty king proclaiming the news to the people everywhere.

Have you heard?  Maybe you’ve heard some parts of the story, but haven’t stopped to think about other parts.  Lucinda’s poem today invites us to reconsider the story of Christmas – and whether we really have the whole story, or just bits and pieces.

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All He asks, is love that’s true and to love each other too.  Hmm…  that is something to think about this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of Christ.  It’s been such a crazy year in the United States.  We need to look beyond what we can see with our eyes and start listening to what our God wants of us.  Christians, we need to lead the way in those things that are right in God’s eyes and those things He wants from us.  There’s no time like NOW to begin showing real love for each other.  Let’s hear the message God wants us to hear this Christmas.

The blessed Trinity…  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, will bless us with hope, joy, and peace as we are obedient to His commands for our lives.  Can I get an AMEN in the comments here today?  🙂

 

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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

tl-12-1-adventToday is the second Sunday of ADVENT.

When was the last time someone said, “I’d give my LIFE for you” – ???  Nobody has said it to me, but when Christ made the choice to go through with His Father’s master plan to provide a way that you and I could have eternal life, He essentially let each of us know that He would die for us.  He did die for us to save our souls.  In my book, that’s the best love of all.

On this 2nd Sunday of Advent, may we thank God for the plan of salvation, and thank Jesus for choosing to go through with it.  He wanted His Father’s will to be done, even at the expense of His pain and suffering – even unto death – death on the cross at Calvary.

the-name-of-loveThere are days when it’s not in me to love as the Lord loves.  I’m not particularly a people person by nature and cherish my alone time.  I’m an introvert I guess – but I read in God’s Word that I am to love others as the Lord loves others.  I’m to care and give and have compassion and empathize with them.  For some folks that is second nature, but I honestly have to work at it.  With God’s help I can and will obey.  I can’t do it without His help.  Why do something that doesn’t come naturally?  Because God wants me to, and it’s my way of thanking Him for all He’s done for me.advent-2-prayer

On this second Sunday of Advent, let’s try to love others the way God loves them.  Let’s keep in mind the love God has for us and pass it along.  I believe it makes God smile when we show love to someone.  It doesn’t have to be anything big.  We can just lend a helping hand or do some little thing – or it may seem little to you, but mean the world to them.

God loves us more than anyone in the world.  He wants us to show love to one another.  With His help, we can be obedient and make Him smile as we sharpen iron with encouraging words and acts of kindness.  🙂