Glory to God in the Highest!

Angel Envelope Art…

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Above the hills of Bethlehem are gathered an innumerable throng of angels. They wait the signal to declare the glad news to the world. Had the leaders in Israel been true to their trust, they might have shared the joy of heralding the birth of Jesus. But now they are passed by.  
God declares, “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.” “Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness.” Isaiah 44:3Psalm 112:4. To those who are seeking for light, and who accept it with gladness, the bright rays from the throne of God will shine.  
In the fields where the boy David had led his flock, shepherds were still keeping watch by night. Through the silent hours they talked together of the promised Saviour, and prayed for the coming of the King to David’s throne. “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 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.”  
At these words, visions of glory fill the minds of the listening shepherds. The Deliverer has come to Israel! Power, exaltation, triumph, are associated with His coming. But the angel must prepare them to recognize their Saviour in poverty and humiliation. “This shall be a sign unto you,” he says; “Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”  
The heavenly messenger had quieted their fears. He had told them how to find Jesus. With tender regard for their human weakness, he had given them time to become accustomed to the divine radiance. Then the joy and glory could no longer be hidden. The whole plain was lighted up with the bright shining of the hosts of God. Earth was hushed, and heaven stooped to listen to the song,—  
“Glory to God in the highest, 
And on earth peace, good will toward men.”  
Oh that today the human family could recognize that song! The declaration then made, the note then struck, will swell to the close of time, and resound to the ends of the earth. When the Sun of Righteousness shall arise, with healing in His wings, that song will be re-echoed by the voice of a great multitude, as the voice of many waters, saying, “Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Revelation 19:6.  
As the angels disappeared, the light faded away, and the shadows of night once more fell on the hills of Bethlehem. But the brightest picture ever beheld by human eyes remained in the memory of the shepherds. “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”
From the Book, The Desire of Ages.

Is Your Burden Heavy?

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This song is a bit of an oldie. I ran across it while flipping through a hymn book looking for one to illustrate. I chose it because I know so many people who are going through rough situations right now.

It makes me think of the 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) — Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

My personal paraphrase for this verse is, “Give all your burdens to Jesus, because He is taking care of you.”

Here are all the words of the song by Ralph Carmichael:

Verse 1
Is your burden heavy
As you bear it all alone
Does the road you travel
Harbor danger yet unknown
Are you growing weary
In the struggle of it all
Jesus will help you
When on His name you call
Verse 2
Is the life you’re living
Filled with sorrow and despair
Does the future press you
With its worry and its care
Are you tired and friendless
Have you almost lost your way
Jesus will help you
Just come to Him today
Chorus
He is always there
Hearing ev’ry prayer
Faithful and true
Walking by our side
In His love we hide
All the day through
When you get discouraged
Just remember what to do
Reach out to Jesus
He’s reaching out to you

Happy All the Time?

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There’s that cute kid song–you probably remember it. Happy All the Time, *clap, clap.

But who’s happy ALL the time? I mean, life definitely has its ups and downs. I call it riding the rollercoaster of the vicissitudes of life! Only it isn’t a fun ride ALL THE TIME!

But here is sweet truth from Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) —

You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you.

Look for Beauty

Sometimes we need to go looking for beauty. If we don’t choose to look for it, we may forget that it exists. If you cannot find it in your immediate surroundings, look to the sky– sunsets and sunrises, stars, or clouds. Look to the blossoming weeds. Look at someone’s eyes. But there is beautify to be found.

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God is the source of true beauty. He can make beauty out of ashes.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Isaiah 61:1-3

The B-I-B-L-E

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I treasure the Bible, the living Word of God, and highly recommend it

It is transformational and life-giving. Recently I have renewed an interest in Scripture memory and have found it to be healing, one verse at a time.

The Spirit gives life.
The flesh profits nothing.
The words that I speak to you are Spirit
and they are life.

—Jesus Christ, John 6:63

 

Your words were found, and I ate them,
And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;
For I am called by Your name,
Lord God of hosts.

—Jeremiah 15:16