So idyllic. The manger, Joseph and Mary, baby in a manger, shepherds kneeling before Him, and a star shining high above the scene. It looks so serene and quiet. In actuality I am guessing it was anything but still or silent.
I can see more than just Mary and Joseph in that stable. People were streaming from all over the country to come to Bethlehem for the census. The inns of the day were probably full days before, and many and to find other shelter. A stable with hay would be a good place for that comfort. Their animals would be there. Donkey’s hee-hawing, cattle lowing, sheep bleating. Maybe even a mouse or two scurrying around screeching. The smell must have been awful with all those animals! The shepherds most likely brought their herd with them. They would not leave them defenseless.
Joseph and Mary had no choice, and our depiction of the scene is what we would like to believe. A silent night, filled with only the wonder of the newborn babe – the King of Kings wrapped in flesh.
My hearing can be terrible at times. My wife will be sitting 3 feet away and I won;t hear what she says to me. I am tuned into my computer, or the TV, or something else and just don’t catch what she said. Its not that she did not talk loud enough. She just did not get my attention first. Once she has my attention, I hear perfectly what she has to say.
This night, there was no doubt about what the shepherds herd that night. The great angelic host was loud and filled the sky with sound. The shrank on fear at first, but then the angel said they should not be afraid. They had good news of great joy. A Savior was born this night! The angel even told them they would find the baby in a manger in Bethlehem. With such an announcement how could they miss the message. They want immediately to that manger and worshiped the child.
At the same time, kings from far away saw a glowing star in the sky. They knew the ancient prophecies and immediately set out on a journey that would take them days, weeks to complete. But they were determined to get there. They knew what they had seen and would not let anyone stop them from greeting the Messiah.
How about you? Have you seen Him? Have you heard His call?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
I know we are in Galatians on our study, but this verse popped into my head this morning, and I don’t think I have ever posted any of my songs on this site. I always put them on my Psalmist blog. This chorus was given to me several years ago and it is very dear to my heart.
Who do you belong to? If you are your own, you follow your heart and your ways. You walk in your understanding and consider your wisdom. You want what is best for you and will strive to attain it no matter what. Me first is the operative slogan!
When you belong to Jesus, He takes the reigns. You trust in His mercy and grace. You do your best to follow after His word in everything. You give out mercy and prefer others over yourself. You love unconditionally and always encourage others, never complaining or putting others down. You walk in peace and joy no matter what is happening in your life.
To be honest, I am usually somewhere in between these two very different lives. But I have been bought with a price – I do belong to Him. I just need to act like it! Jesus said we cannot serve two masters, but a lot of the time I do. This song expresses my sincere desire to be all His – all the time.
(I am not the best singer or the best piano player. But I do my best and give Him the glory) I hope you enjoy this.
This s one of my favorite contemporary Christmas songs. I love the message it brings out, and Rascal Flatts does a wonderful job. He needs no introduction as a well known country artist. he works with an orchestra on this p iece, which makes it all the more beautiful. Enjoy!
This is a light-hearted song by Sidewalk Prophets. I love this group, who are fairly new on Christian music scene having won new artist of the year at the Dove Awards in 2010. They have had several hit songs on the Christian Billboard charts. I hope you enjoy this simple song.
Something a little more traditional by the Georgia Boys Choir. It;s fun to vary the music, as everyone has different tastes. This choir is excellent, and the song is done very traditionally. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did
I love this song and the message it portrays. Such a true and compelling song! Downhere sings this song. They are Christian rock band from Canada. Their first album of 6 was released in 2001 so they have been around for a little while. I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do.