Everyday Christmas {part 2}


In case you missed it, you might also enjoy Everyday Christmas {overview and part 1}.

Today’s post, Everyday Christmas {part 2} continues with the theme of Jesus’ birth

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The angels have been announcing Jesus’ birth since the 1950s.

 

There are two red candles in my living room, which I burn in the evenings.  The angels above are in the cupboard.  I am not decorating this year.

One does not need a decorated house, nor a tree brimming with beautifully wrapped gifts, in order to commemorate the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ.  I am not suggesting that one should never decorate or give gifts.  I am suggesting that there are times when we cannot, when it is better to focus on our Lord.

This might be one of those years for you.  I am suggesting that this might be the most memorable Christmas yet, one that will draw you close to God in understanding what He has done for us.  It began with the birth of Jesus.

And so it was that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2:6-14

 

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head;

The stars in the sky looked down where He lay, the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;

I love Thee, Lord Jesus!  look down from the sky, and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay close by me forever, and love me, I pray;

Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, and fit us for heaven, to live with Thee there.

1-2 Anonymous; 3 John Thomas McFarland

Here’s a short clip from the Andy Griffith show, Christmas at the Mayberry jail.

 

 Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains,

And the mountains, in reply, echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!

 

Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong?

What the gladsome tidings be Which inspire your heavenly song?

 

Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing;

Come, adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

 

See Him in a manger laid, Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth;

Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, with us sing our Savior’s birth.

Gloria in excelsis Deo!  Gloria in excelsis Deo!

— French carol

 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King;

Peace on earth, and mercy mild — God and sinners reconciled!”

Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies;

With th’angelic hosts proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem.”

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

 

Christ, by highest heav’n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord:

Late in time behold Him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb.

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail th’incarnate Deity!

Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

 

Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!

Light and life to all He brings, risen with healing in His wings.

Mild He lays His glory by, born that man no more may die;

Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

 

Come, Desire of Nations, come! Fix in us Thy humble home:

Rise, the woman’s conquering seed, bruise in us the serpent’s head.

Adam’s likeness now efface, stamp Thine image in its place:

Second Adam from above, reinstate us in Thy love.

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

 

—Charles Wesley

Everyday Christmas {part 2} is reworked from part four in the 2013 series the five Sundays of Christmas.

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