14 thoughts on “The Glory of Words and Photos!

  1. BELOVED, LILIES, I am singing now with you; “Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn KING!”
    This special Christmas Carol was written by; Charles Wesley, brother of John Wesley founder of the Methodist church, in 1739.

  2. Yes you sure must have been…I was singing that very song with our school prayer group for the school’s Secret Santa breakfast about 8:00 am. What a glorious song to begin the day.

  3. O little town of Bethlehem; And, Dr. Billy Graham writes; “One of the passages that we read was the second chapter of Matthew, where the wise men came from the East to Jerusalem, following a star. They came into the house of Joseph, fell down and worshiped the Christ Child. The Bible says, “When they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11)

  4. Oh wow. I just opened the LILY after preparing the Sunday Service songs and the same songs are on my list as are on the Lily! That’s lovely confirmation.
    One of the songs that touches my heart is the advent song…O Come O Come Emmanuel. That’s the song we are singing right now as we look up to the Heavens and look for the soon coming of the King, Jesus Christ, the 2nd time.
    O Come, O come, Emmanuel
    And ransom captive people of the Lord.
    Who kneel in pews and languish in prayer.
    Who yearn and crave appearing of YOU here.
    Rejoice, Rejoice,
    Emmanuel will come to earth to take His people home.

    1. Oh how I wonder if we would see anyone these days kneeling in pews and languishing in prayer, or Who yearn and crave appearing of YOU here. It almost seems to me the song goes along with our viewing of “A Wonderful Life.” We take the story down and view it and then put it up for another year to do it all over again. Do we believe the beautiful words of the songs which were inspired by God through men who wrestled with GOD and found Him to be all they needed.

      Jesus is calling us to worship, but we can’t seem to get out of the ferris wheel
      of shopping, partying, or doing too much to sit awhile with Him.
      We don’t seem to have time to tell Him how thankful we are for all He did do for us and is doing everyday of our lives.
      We might even run Him over to get to where we want
      or shout Him down for wasting our time because our calendar and hours
      to Christmas have put us on the fast track to exhaustion and addictions.
      We may have a schedule in and out of church that is demanding.

      Somehow we forgot what Christmas was and is all about.
      And we are the Church who should bring Hope.
      The role models of the future worshipers and song writers and people of God. Where will we lead them? Hopelessness of the Ferris Wheel or FULL OF HOPE! We’d better choose wisely.

      Perhaps those who choose HOPE need to pray a little harder and sing a little louder and tell of His Goodness everywhere we go and just maybe the HOPE will rekindle and blaze once again.

      1. Maybe we should begin to take the lead and teach the young, the faithless, the shame faced and others how to live life to the fullest and in abundance! Tell them stories that will give them strength, courage and increase their faith. Serve them food from the table of grace. And, give them gifts of hope and love. When our faith meets with God’s Grace hearts are opened and mended giving life full of joy and unspeakable compassion for one another.

  5. Well, speaking of Christians becoming materialistic, evidenced especially at Christmas time, Jesus showed His anger concerning God’s materialistic congregation when He drove the money-changers out of the temple. But it didn’t take long for the world, the flesh and the devil to bring back that longing for material and temporal things in God’s people then and now.
    Jesus said…” Your Heavenly Father knows you need such things so why do you fret and fume over what to eat, what to drink, what to wear?”–[paraphrased]
    He told us to look at the lilies of the field and how gloriously they are clothed. Do we think that since our Father knows we need to be “clothed” that His excellent taste and eye for glory & perfection could not provide something incredibly perfect for us to wear? That would require living by faith. You may ask, “how can I hang around for God to send me a new dress or coat or shoes?” I don’t know. I do know that people who have lived by faith and are living by faith and not by sight receive at every point what they need. And I am not privy to that information of how God does it. it is too wonderful for me and too mysterious, His ways past finding out…[except what He has told us in His word].
    Our devotional, today, told us that we don’t have to try to figure out how God can do mysterious things waaaay above our heads and intellect. We just have to know that, as He told Martha at the tomb of Lazarus, her dead brother, “Did I not promise you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God? Yikes! What a promise and great incentive to keep on believing that He will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. And money grubbers and ‘clothes-horses’ and shopaholics and the rest of us who have not been titled yet by a research group had better wake up. Or we might miss the glory of the King.

  6. True, Sara. ” He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” [Micah 6:8]

  7. “Emmanuel – God-with-Us – is coming to us, to meet us wherever we are – happy or sad, joyous or grieving. God comes to stand with us, whatever our condition. And we thank God for that promised gift of presence.”

    – Beth A. Richardson
    Child of the Light

    1. God is with you wherever you find yourself this Christmas! Prayers are being said for you. Love is being extended to you. Peace is in arms reach. Joy is ready to bubble. Be blessed as you receive the gift of Christmas.

      1. And may someone out there be led to this site and receive HIS presence
        as they walk a low point in their lives. Jesus is LOVE and He is waiting to embrace you. How would I know. I was one who knew Jesus but only when the bottom dropped out of my world did I cling to his hand like I never had before. I thought I was going under and He has held on and guided my every step. Count on HIM. I’m one of the least so know that He loves you. His leading is the best. Count on HIM, HE will never fail you.

  8. Very Touching testimony, RKO. Thank God that He has His ministers, those who obediently heed the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and are able to counsel and attend God’s children when the world as they know it, is over; those ministers who are ready with a Word, the voice of wisdom, an instruction, a directive…..a friend!
    Yes, what a Friend we have in Jesus And those who follow His leading.
    Praise God He knows how to rescue us right where we falter.

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