“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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“We Are the Reason” – Monday Musical Musings

 

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you’ve probably heard that I was a music major in high school and college. The memories I have of special teachers and professors still come to mind as I listen to music.

 

???????????????????????????????One class was especially meaningful to me. Conducting. Mr. White brought this to life for me and I used his method of conducting for many years as I directed choirs. He was also the choir director for the women’s choir, so I saw him in action throughout the year.

 

Our Christmas concerts at CBC (now CCU) were always very special. They were the highlight of my year. It was during one of these concerts that I heard “We Are the Reason” for the first time. I believe Mr. White sang this song, but I couldn’t be 100% certain.

 

I recently heard it again and as you can imagine, my mind drifted to college and that Christmas concert. And then, to Bethlehem, Golgotha and the empty tomb. You and I are the reason Jesus came to earth. He came to bring life and offers abundant life to those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior.

 

As we continue toward Christmas, I pray that you will take the time to worship Jesus for the gift of life that He has provided. I also pray that you will give Him every part of your life to Him. And then, I pray that you will share this message with another who is seeking this same gift in their life.

 

“We Are the Reason”[i]
 

As little children
We would dream of Christmas morn
Of all the gifts and toys
We knew we’d find
But we never realized
A baby born one blessed night
Gave us the greatest gift of our lives

We were the reason
That He gave His life
We were the reason
That He suffered and died
To a world that was lost
He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live

As the years went by
We learned more about gifts
The giving of ourselves
And what that means
On a dark and cloudy day
A man hung crying in the rain
All because of love, all because of love

I’ve finally found the reason for living
It’s in giving every part of my heart to Him
In all that I do every word that I say
I’ll be giving my all just for Him, for Him

He is my reason to live

 

This is one you’ll want to listen to! Click here for this beautiful message.

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

[i] “We Are the Reason,” words and music by David Meece, Word Music, 1980.

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Certain Hope

 

Woke up this morning to a coffee pot that didn’t brew a whole pot of coffee. Apparently, soon after it began brewing, it quit. Just stopped. Without warning.

 

coasterWe do have a Keurig, so I searched for a K-Cup that was non-flavored…finally found one and had an okay cup of coffee. When the rest of the household woke, I scoured the basement for an older coffee maker to brew a pot.

 

Okay, I drank a cup of coffee, but it just didn’t taste like I had hoped. The flavor wasn’t as good as I am accustomed to. Great disappointment emerged. Guess I’ll be shopping for a new coffee maker after work!

 

We are in the season of Advent and I am using Season’s Illustrated Advent Bible Journaling study. So far, it’s exceeded all my expectations and I know this will be a special Advent season for me.

 

Yesterday’s passage was from Psalm 62:5. It says, “For God along, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.” The study went on to talk about the certain hope we have in the Lord. We know we can trust and hop in Him because of all that He has done in the past. God has been faithful through my life therefore, I can hope to receive all the blessings and promises He has given.

 

I can hope to get a good cup of coffee each morning, but there’s no guarantee it will happen. On the other hand, I can have certain hope in God my Father because He is good. Always has been. Always will be.

 

What have you placed your hope in that has failed you? A relationship? A possession? A job? Unfortunately, things of this world are not always good and perfect, therefore, there is every chance that we will be disappointed.

 

But our God is good and perfect and every good and perfect gift comes from Him. Every time.

 

Today I would challenge you to grab hold of the certain hope we have in the Lord. You will not be disappointed.

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

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