So many songs in my history have been just that… songs that we sang about the Glory of God and about the anticipated arrival of the baby Jesus. Honestly a lot of the language in these old classics was lost on me until we decided to record “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” I decided maybe it was time for me to look into what the title of the song meant. So away I went to the dictionary and guess what I found out? The title of the song literally means “Listen attentively…. An angel that carries important news is singing.” After all of my years of singing the song I had never thought about what the title even meant. Luke chapter 2 verses 8 -14 delivers the account of what the angels actually sang …Read more
Originally written in Latin almost 10 centuries earlier, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel is a hymn based on prayers. These prayers, called vespers, are prayed for 7 days before the celebration of Christmas.Read more
For airlines, rail companies and highways, Christmas is the busiest season of the year. People sail through the sky in flying machines, glide over iron rails in metal boxes, and drive down icy roads usually filled with expectation, anxiety, or some combination of the two.Read more
In His life, Jesus called Himself “the Good Shepherd,” who takes care of His flock. Us. He takes care of us because He loves us, because that is exactly what He came to this world to do: to bring us into His flock. What a beautiful picture of how to love one another; but Jesus is not the only good shepherd that we can learn from.Read more
The prophets promised a “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), and yet for centuries the people of Israel had known only war, captivity, and hardship.
Isaiah foretold a coming ruler who would “decide with equity for the meek of the earth” (Isaiah 11:4) and yet wherever the people of God looked they saw injustice, Roman occupation, and oppressive taxation that increased poverty.