Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A Modern 23rd Psalm by Halley Low



The television is my shepherd, I shall not want.
It makes me to lie down on the sofa,
It leads me to mindless waters,
It destroys my soul;
It guides me in the paths of immorality
For the sponsor's sake.

Yet, though I walk in the shadows of my
Christian responsibilities,
I fear no distractions
For the wide screen television mesmerizes me;
Its cable and remote,
They comfort me.
It prepares endless commercials before me
In the presence of my carnality;
It anoints my head with consumerism;
My coveting overflows.

Surely laziness and greed shall follow me
All the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the vacuum
Of television land forever.

© 2004 Halley Low

Monday, December 02, 2019

In Every Language

Source: Unknown
He is born, the divine Christ child.
Play on the oboe and bagpipes merrily.
He is born, the divine Christ child.
Sing we all of the Saviour’s birth.
Through long ages of the past,
Prophets have foretold his coming;
Through long ages of the past,
Now the time has come at last.


Some carols are hard to pin down, and that is part of their charm! Once upon a time there was a popular “hunting tune” in the region of Normandy. It was already an old composition when it first appeared in print in 1862. To that tune some unknown wordsmith added the lyrics to “Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant,” and the completed carol made its debut in NoĂȘls Anciens fourteen years later.

However, there are many versions of the lyrics, and without an author’s signature, none of them can be proven to be the original.

In one version the birth of Christ is celebrated with oboes and bagpipes. In another the instruments are the oboe and the musette. “Gaily resounding pipe and drum” accompany the Nativity in a third version, and a fourth has the oboe vying with the bagpipes for the honor of proclaiming the birth.

The time we have waited for this momentous event might be “long ages of the past” or “four thousand years.”

Some versions mention the manger, the shepherds, and the star, while others focus more on what His blessed birth means to the world.

The hymn is sung at different tempos and with varying lyrics all across the world. There is even rumored to be a Native American version sung by the Mohawk people.

The heart of the hymn, whether it is “Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant,” or “He Is Born, the Divine Christ Child,” or (in Mohawk) “Rotonni Niio Roienha,” remains one of rejoicing that Christ was born for us.

This tremendous variety wrapped around the same essential message reflects well the people who sing it. Human beings come in a variety of shapes and sizes, using many different languages, but the central theme running through all those hearts is one of yearning for God.

So grab your bagpipes, oboes, pipes, drums, or whatever your instrument of choice is, and make a joyous noise because that divine Christ child—He is born for everyone!

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. EPHESIANS 5:19


(From Silent Night: The Stories Behind 40 Beloved Christmas Carols, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission)

He is born, the divine Christ Child;
play the oboe and bagpipes merrily!
He is born, the divine Christ Child;
sing we all of the Savior mild.

1 Through long ages of the past,
prophets have foretold His coming;
through long ages of the past,
now the time has come at last!

2 O how lovely, oh,O how pure
is this perfect Child of heaven;
O how lovely, O how pure,
gracious gift to human-kind!

3 Jesus, Lord of all the world,
coming as a Child among us;
Jesus, Lord of all the world,
grant to us Thy heavenly peace.


DO YOU KNOW?
23 days in a calendar year equals to:
- 1,987,200 seconds
- 33,120 minutes
- 552 hours
- 3 weeks and 2 days
- 6.30% of 2019

The Spirit of Christmas Quotes

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I WILL HONOR Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
-Charles Dickens

REMEMBER, IF Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.
-Charlotte Carpenter

FOR CENTURIES men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.
-William Jewett Tucker

CHRISTMAS GIFT suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.
-Oren Arnold

CHRISTMAS IS the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority.
-W.J. Cameron

I TRULY BELIEVE that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.
-Norman Vincent Peale

PEACE ON earth and mercy mild are still possible. On Christmas Eve, all things are possible.
-Gregg Easterbrook

CHRISTMAS IS a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.
-Winston Churchill

THE WAY you spend Christmas is far more important than how much.
-Henry David Thoreau

THE THING about Christmas is that it almost doesn’t matter what mood you’re in or what kind of a year you’ve had; it’s a fresh start.
-Kelly Clarkson

I HEARD THE bells on Christmas Day. Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the words repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men!
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

CHRISTMAS IS not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
-Calvin Coolidge

STARS OF heaven, clear and bright, shine upon this Christmas light, vaster far than midnight skies are its timeless mysteries.
-Timothy Dudley-Smith

FRESHLY CUT Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin - inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night.
-John J. Geddes

THE GREAT majority of people will go on observing forms that cannot be explained; they will keep Christmas Day with Christmas gifts and Christmas benedictions; they will continue to do it; and some day suddenly wake up and discover why.
-G.K. Chesterton

MY IDEA of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?
-Bob Hope

CHRISTMAS IS here, merry old Christmas, gift-bearing Christmas, day of grand memories, king of the year!
-Washington Irving

HOW, THE essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so.
-Stephen Leacock

DON’T LET the past steal your present. This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.
-Taylor Caldwell

HAVE YOU any old grudges you would like to pay, any wrongs laid up from a bygone day? -Gather them now and lay them away when Christmas comes. Hard thoughts are heavy to carry, my friend, and life is short from beginning to end; be kind to yourself, leave nothing to mend when Christmas comes.
-William Haines Lytle

CHRISTMAS IS not in tinsel and lights and outward show. The secret lies in an inner glow. It’s lighting a fire inside the heart. Good will and joy a vital part. It’s higher thought and a greater plan. It’s glorious dream in the soul of man.
-Wilferd Peterson

THERE IS no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.
-Bill Mckibben

CHRISTMAS IS not just a day, an event to be observed and speedily forgotten. It is a spirit which should permeate every part of our lives.
-William Parks

PEACE ON earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.
-Helen Steiner Rice

CHRISTMAS WAVES a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
-Norman Vincent Peale

THE SPIRIT of Christmas is - and hopefully always will be - about good will and generosity to others, and peace on earth.
-Nick Rahall

CHRISTMAS IS not a date. It is a state of mind.
-Mary Ellen Chase

CHRISTMAS IS the day that holds all time together.
-Alexander Smith

I SOMETIMES THINK we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year.
-Ray Stannard Baker

LET NO pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no persuasion move thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollity; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas.
-Benjamin Franklin

AT CHRISTMAS play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.
-Thomas Tusser

CHRISTMAS! THE very word brings joy to our hearts.
-Joan Winmill Brown

BLESSED IS the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
-Hamilton Wright Mabie

ISN’T IT funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for - I don’t know what exactly, but it’s something that you don’t mind so much not having at other times.
-Kate Langley Bosher

MAY YOU have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; the spirit of Christmas which is peace; the heart of Christmas which is love.
-Ada V. Hendricks

THE CHRISTMAS spirit – love - changes hearts and lives.
-Pat Boone

BLESSED IS the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
-William Thomas Ellis

CHRISTMAS AND the holidays are the season of giving. It’s a time when people are more kind and open-hearted.
-Gisele Bundchen

CHRISTMAS IS a kindling of new fires.
-Gladys Taber

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Inspiring Christmas Quotes


Source: Unknown

LET US remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide-open heart that thinks of others first.
-George Matthew Adams

UNLESS WE make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it “white.”
-Bing Crosby

THE JOY that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.
-John Greenleaf Whittier

CHRISTMAS IS more than a time of music, merriment and mirth; it is a season of meditation, mangers and miracles. Christmas is more than a time of carols, cards and candy; it is a season of dedication and decision.
-William Arthur Ward

THE GREATEST thing is not to believe in Santa Claus; it is to be Santa Claus.
-Pat Boone

CHRISTMAS IS the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.
-Washington Irving

CHRISTMAS DAY is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both.
-Phillips Brooks

I LOVE THE Christmas-tide, and yet, I notice this, each year I live; I always like the gifts I get, but how I love the gifts I give!
-Carolyn Wells

CHRISTMAS MEANS “giving,” and the gift without the giver is bare. Give of yourselves; give of your substance; give of your heart and mind.
-Gordon B Hinckley

THE MANNER of giving is worth more than the gift.
-Pierre Corneille

CHRISTMAS IS most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.
-Ruth Carter Stapleton

CHRISTMAS HAS a way of bringing out the best in everyone.
-Bing Crosby

THE EXCELLENCE of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.
-Charles Dudley Warner

CHRISTMAS, MY child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.
-Dale Evans

I LOVE EVERYTHING about the holidays: the decorations, the parties, and spending time with friends and family. What I love most is that feeling of giving back. Every bit counts.
-Brad Goreski

TO CELEBRATE the heart of Christmas is to forget ourselves in the service of others.
-Henry C. Link

THE CHRISTMAS spirit is the spirit of those who, like their Master, live their whole lives on the principle of making themselves poor - spending and being spent - to enrich their fellow humans, giving time, trouble, care and concern, to do good to others - and not just their own friends - in whatever way there seems need.
-J.I. Packer

PRESENTS ARE made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.
-Carlos Ruiz Zafon

CHRISTMAS IS doing a little something extra for someone.
-Charles M. Schulz

EVERY GIFT which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.
-Pindar

THE JOY of brightening other lives, bearing each other’s burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.
-William Carey Jones

CHRISTMAS IS a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.
-Eric Sevareid

A HOLIDAY GIVES one a chance to look backward and forward; to reset oneself by an inner compass.
-May Sarton