Saturday, December 17, 2011

They Saw the Light - The Nativity Part 1

Come into my heart
Come into my heart
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus
Come into today
Come in to stay
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. 
We start lighting four candles.

The zeal of the Lord would accomplish it.  Only the Lord can bring the light which will destroy darkness.  Only the Lord can conceive in our hearts the faith to reach out to the One True Light.  Only God can bring a promise to birth! What kind of day was it when that conception of light took place.  We only know that it took place in the Galilean village of Nazareth.  Here at the crossroads of Gentiles and Jews, a young maiden of fourteen or fifteen was chosen.  Her heart was pumping for joy—not because of God’s promise of eternal light—but because of her recent betrothal to the young carpenter, Joseph.  Their life together was just beginning, but little did she know how much of a beginning it truly was.  For the time was ripe.  God’s promised moment had arrived.  The centuries of waiting were over.

In the city of Jerusalem, the news was buzzing around town that the old Priest Zechariah had seen an angel in the temple and even though he was struck dumb by the experience, the word also traveled about that his wife Elizabeth had miraculously conceived.  Six months later and one hundred miles away, the same angel appeared to Mary.*

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

*Copyright 1990 "They Saw the Light" Prince of Peace Press 
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