Posted: December 24, 2013 in MUSIC MOMENT-video
This song came as a request. I admit I didn’t know it, but what a wonderful song it is. And what a powerful message it carries. In fact, it carries several powerful messages. Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song) by Amy Grant (click on the link)
And as always God’s timing is perfect.
As I write these words, my own heart is aching. My beloved brother-in-law passed away suddenly yesterday without warning. Eric was a generous and kind man. He was a good brother-in-law, but an even better husband to my sister. He is missed.
I wanted to focus on a few words that brought me comfort as I listened to the song.
I am frightened by the load I bear
In a world cold as stone
Must I walk this path alone?
Be with me now.
Be with me now.
Breath of Heaven
Hold me together
Be forever near me
MUST I WALK THIS PATH ALONE? The answer to that question is a resounding no. We do not have to walk our path alone. God is with us every moment because of that very first Christmas long ago. So, if like me, you are hurting for some reason this Christmas; know that God is with you and He loves you.
Christmas time is all about the wonder of Jesus’s birth.
Imagine that night if you will. A frightened young couple far from home, huddled together as Mary struggles to give birth. Alone except for the animals that bore witness to the miracle that was about to happen.
And then the stars shone brightly, the heavens opened up, and the angels appeared, announcing the good news to the shepherds.
I don’t know about you, but I would have loved to have been there!
WHAT CHILD IS THIS by Mercy Me (click on the link for the video)
Christmas is all about the gifts.
Most of us try to focus on giving gifts to others at this time of year. After all it is better to give than to receive, right? The older we get the more this appears to be true–at least for me. I have a lot of fun buying gifts for my husband. But my own list is usually one or two things.
Tradition says we give gifts because the magi brought gifts to the baby Jesus. That may be true, but in fact, God gave us a gift on that first Christmas morning. A gift that is free to all who choose to accept it.
Chris Tomlin is one of my favorite musicians and I think you’ll enjoy this song.
BORN THAT WE MAY HAVE LIFE by Chris Tomlin
Today’s sermon in a song is SILENT NIGHT. (click on the link) This version shows Silent Night being signed as well as sung.
As I pondered what messages could be found in Silent Night, the word reverence came to mind. Whenever I listen to this song, whether it is at church, on the radio, or a Christmas program, I become shrouded in reverence for my God.
Dictionary.com defines reverence as an attitude of deep respect tinged with awe. That sounds about right to me.
I’m all for love, joy, and the excitement of praise music, but I love the reverence and awe that the old hymns provoke in me as well. So as we go through this Christmas season, take a few quiet moments to reflect on the awesomeness of God.
Today’s sermon in a song is my husband’s favorite version of LITTLE DRUMMER BOY. (click on the link)
Think about it–David Bowie and Bing Crosby together. That in itself is a gift to all of us. If you haven’t seen this before, you’ll love it!
But what gift shall you give to your king?
Each of us have gift (many gifts in fact), but we often decide they aren’t good enough for our king. After all, who am I to think that my writing, my music, my cooking, my art is good enough for God?
The little drummer boy had only his drum and his music and it was an acceptable gift to God. God will find our gifts acceptable as well as long as they are given with a spirit of love.
Today’s sermon in a song is JOY TO THE WORLD by Faith Hill. (click on the link)
Sometimes, it seems as if there in NO JOY in the world. Ugliness and evil abounds, but if you keep your eyes focused on Jesus, you’ll discover joy and peace in spite of the circumstances that surround you.
SERMONS IN A SONG!
To celebrate Christmas, my goal for the next week is to feature a Christmas song every day. Today’s sermon in a song is one of my favorites: MARY, DID YOU KNOW? (click on the link to see the video.)
This version highlights the courage of Mary. Think about it–she agreed to have God’s son without benefit of being married. That’s not easy to do, but at that time it was most likely a death sentence. STONING was an acceptable form of punishment for such an act. On top of that, she knew she would devastate her parents and the man she was betrothed to.
WHAT COURAGE! And what faith Mary had in God. She trusted God beyond reason.
How many of us can say the same? Not me–that’s for sure.