Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Advent Meditations 10 & 11

Day 9 – Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow
Scripture: Luke 2:8-15

The Scripture reading for today is the account of most of what happened when the angels sang to the shepherds and told them to Rise Up. . . and Follow. The hymn, an African-American spiritual, may not be the most familiar, but it is easy to sing, alternating between unison measures and those sung in harmony as it urges the shepherds and those singing to follow. It’s almost as if the angels are saying, “Don’t just sit there. Get up and go find the baby in the manger.”

Words to ponder: The words of the second verse are: words, If you take good heed to the angel’s words, Rise up shepherd and follow, You'll forget your flocks, you;ll forget your herds, Rise up, shepherd, and follow. Have you ever wondered what happened to the sheep when the shepherds left them? Did the shepherds offer excuses, reasons they couldn’t follow the star to find the manger? Did they simply go as instructed? What would you have done?


Day 10 – In the First Light
Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11


The Christmas song of today may be unfamiliar, but is one of the most beautiful ever written. Sung by Glad on their CD “Acapella,” it tells of the life of Christ from birth until He comes again at His second advent.

In the first light of a new day
No one knew He had arrived
Things continued as they had been
While a new born softly cried.

But the heavens wrapped in wonder
Knew the meaning of His birth
In the weakness of a baby
They knew God had come to earth.

As His mother held him closely,
It was hard to understand
That her baby not yet speaking
Was the Word of God to man.

He would tell them of His kingdom,
But their hearts would not believe
They would hate Him and in anger
They would nail Him to a tree.

But the sadness would be broken
As the song of life arose
And the First born of creation
Would ascend and take his throne.
He has left it to redeem us,
But before His life began
He knew He´d come back not as a baby
But as The Lord of ev´ry man.

Hear the angels as they´re singing
On the morning of His birth
But how much greater will our song be
When He comes again
When He comes again
Hear the angels as they´re singing
On the morning of His birth
But how much greater will our song be
When He comes again to Earth

When He comes to rule the Earth!

These are, indeed, words to ponder. Please take a few minutes to read and meditate on them. Do they not move your heart to praise God for this magnificent gift?

I learned tonight that I forgot to post yesterday. Sorry. I've had a terrible cough and the condition was made worse by the cough syrup I 've been taking. I couldn't remember what day it was, much less keep up with how the days corresponded with the actual day of the month. One thing I know: every day is a good day to praise God for the hope and peace He has brought into our lives--doing it more than once a day doesn't hurt either.

Blessings,
Pastor Margaret
















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