O Holy Night

Hope for a Weary World “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:34-35 As soon as I hear the …

Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne

For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15 Some congregations today omit hymns …

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

And the angel told Joseph, “The child within [Mary] was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21 (NLT) The birth of a child is a holy moment. As the word holy suggests, it’s a sacred event, set apart …

As with Gladness Men of Old

There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. Revelation 22:5 The lights appear at one house, then another, and another. Certain houses or neighborhoods are so spectacularly lit that people go …

It Came upon the Midnight Clear

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:13-14 (NLT) Peace on earth. The angels’ message has echoed through the centuries, yet its fulfillment has eluded us. Conflicts between nations, religions, and ethnicities …

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30 As we gather around Thanksgiving Day tables, many will be thankful for the sumptuous food set before them. But as Christians, our thankfulness focuses on spiritual blessings. We’re thankful for who we’ve become in Christ and for all God has given us. We did nothing to …

Now Thank We All Our God

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed but not in despair. 2 Corinthians 4:8 (NIV) On the eve of His crucifixion, Jesus reminded His disciples that hardship and disappointment are inevitable: “In this world, you will have trouble” (John 16:33). I wonder, then, why we so often act as if life should be carefree. Consider …