“Welcome to Our World” – Monday Musical Musings

 

Christmas is just a few days away, which means there are just a few more days that I can share Christmas music with you! Today is yet another beautiful mix of song and lyric to draw our hearts closer to the Christ Child.

 

Today, I pray that you will reflect upon the birth of Jesus, but also that you will use this song to prepare your heart and make a home for Jesus. Not for a season, but for life.

 

 

Enjoy the day. Enjoy the song. Enjoy the presence of Jesus.
 

“Welcome to Our World”[i]

 

Tears are falling, hearts are breaking

How we need to hear from God
You’ve been promised, we’ve been waiting
Welcome Holy Child
Welcome Holy Child
 

Hope that you don’t mind our manger
How I wish we would have known
But long awaited Holy Stranger
Make yourself at home
Please make yourself at home
 

Bring your peace into our violence
Bid our hungry souls be filled
World now breaking Heaven’s silence
Welcome to our world
Welcome to our world
 

Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
Unto us is born
 

So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy
Perfect Son of God
Perfect Son of God
Welcome to our world

 

Click here to listen to this beautiful song.

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

[i] “Welcome to Our World,” words and music by Chris Rice, Clumsy Fly Music, 1995.

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“Crying for a Christmas”

 

Oh my…I heard this song yesterday for the first time (at least I believe it was the first time) and was so touched by the lyrics and tune. I pray that you will be touched by this song as well.

 

“Crying for a Christmas”[i]

 

These are the lives of the rearranged
Scattered souls who’ve been displaced
nowhere else to turn
Like Bethlehem we have packed the place
Human need fills every space
No room at the inn

Still God found a corner,
Made a bed down in the hay
Could he reappear, make his advent here
Will he still draw near today?

My world is crying,
crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure
That our God is with us
We could all use a sign
A little glimpse of divine
For a world that still cries for Christmas

Feeding trough on a dirty floor
Unimpressive welcome for
God’s Almighty Son
Are we as blind to incarnation
Daily proof of our salvation
Love’s already come

We are not abandoned,
All alone in our despair
He who once came down, he can still be found
Every when and everywhere

My world is crying,
crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure
That our God is with us
Once a baby so small
Grew to die for us all
For a world that still cries for Christmas.

Jesus you are here, Jesus you are now
Jesus you are here, Jesus you are now

My world is crying,
crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure
That our God is with us
We can all be the sign
That his love is alive
For a world that still cries for Christmas

 

Don’t pass this one by…click here to listen.

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

[i] “Crying for a Christmas,” words and music by Scott Krippayne and Jeff Peabody, Pirk Music, 2007.

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“What Can I Give Him?”

 

Here’s another little song that is usually sung during the Christmas season. I haven’t heard it for years, but it still holds a special place in my heart.

 

Holy Land Experience 023mThe song asks, “what can I give Him?” And while we try to find the perfect thing to give to Jesus, all He really wants and asks of us is to give Him our heart.

 

So, as we approach Christmas, I pray that you will offer your heart each day to Jesus. It is the perfect gift.

 

“What Can I Give Him?”[i]

 

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man I would do my part;
Yet what can I give Him? Give Him my heart.

 

Here’s a beautiful version of this song. Click here to listen.

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

[i] “What Can I Give Him?”, words and music by Christina Georgina Rossetti, 1872.

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“Jesus Born on This Day” – Monday Musical Musings

 

Well how about another Christmas song? I love this song, but forget about it each year. I heard it yesterday on my way to church, so now I share it with you!

 

DSC03935mAs we get closer to Christmas Day, I pray that you spend time remembering what Christmas is all about. I pray that you take the time to thank God for this precious gift and that you will remind those in your influence to do the same.

 

Christmas Day is coming quickly. I pray that you won’t allow the rush of this world to deter you from worshiping God through this season. Let’s begin the work week by acknowledging that Jesus, Immanuel, was born on this day.

 

“Jesus Born on This Day”[i]
 

Today a child is born on earth
Today the glory of God shines everywhere
For all of the world

 

Jesus born on this day
He is our light and salvation
Oh Jesus born on this day
He is the king of all nations

 

Behold the lamb of God has come
Behold the Savior is born
Sing of His love to everyone

 

Jesus born on this day
Heavenly child in a manger
Oh, Jesus born on this day
He is our Lord and our Savior

 

Today our hearts rejoice in Him today
Today the light of His birth fills us with hope
And brings peace on earth

 

Jesus born on this day
He is our light and salvation
Oh, Jesus born on this day
He is the king of all nations

 

Today a child is born on earth
Today the glory of God shines everywhere
For all of the world

 

He is light, He is love, He is grace
Born on Christmas Day

 

Click here to listen to this beautiful version of this song.

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

[i] “Jesus, Born on This Day,” words and music by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff, Sony/ATV Music and Wallyworld Music, 1994.

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“The Night the Angels Sang”

 

I know it’s not Monday, but I remembered a song as I was going to bed last night. “The Night the Angels Sang.”[i] It was a cantata our church sang years ago…I was in my teens. But as the lyrics and music filled my head, I was reminded just how precious music is to me and what it means to me at Christmastime.

 

DSC03873mI found a couple recordings of this cantata which was pretty awesome, so I’m sharing one of them with you. I pray that you will the time to listen to the entire piece…however, I know we are all busy and it isn’t the most professional piece I’ve shared with you. But the memories that fill my heart are bountiful.

 

As you listen to this cantata, I pray that you will be reminded of the Scripture that depicted this scene. Luke 2:8-20 is the passage of this account. A couple of things stand out to me. First, as soon as the angels left the shepherd, they hurried off to see the Christ child. I must ask, how quickly do you seek to be with Jesus each day? Do you meet with Him first thing or are there other things that come first? I pray that you will learn a little something from the shepherds.

 

And then I also love that after they saw Jesus they “spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.” (Luke 2:17 – NIV) Are you spreading the word about Jesus? Are you sharing this message with friends and family? This is the perfect season to do so.

 

And then one more thing, the shepherds returned to their sheep glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen. We each have a job to head off to today. As we go out into our world, do others see us glorifying and praising God? Do they notice something different about you and me? I pray that they do.

 

Perhaps you have some fond memories of Christmas music from your past or present. If so, I’d love to hear all about it.

 

Have a blessed day and if you are in an area where winter weather has hit (like Colorado), please be careful out there! I pray blessings upon your day!

 

Here’s the link. Click here to listen to “The Night the Angels Sang.”

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

[i] “The Night the Angels Sang,” John W. Peterson, John W. Peterson Music Company, 1958.

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