In Mid-November David and I attended a performance of the Advent and Christmas portions of Georg Friedrich Handel’s Messiah. Yes, November 19th seemed a bit early to hear this “seasonal” music, but what amazing timing it was. As the secular craziness of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday hit with force, our hearts and minds were prepared with the glorious scriptural and spiritual texts of prophesy, promise, and joy. I invite you to make these texts your own this month of December – this season of Advent and Christmas.
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Ev’ry valley shall be exalted, and ev’ry mountain and hill made low; the crooked straight and the rough places plain.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Emmanuel, God with us.
Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
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 Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will towards men.
Come unto Him, all ye that labour, come unto Him that are heavy laden, and He will give you rest. Take his yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.