12/16 Wednesday - Advent Season
by WCUMC Member on 12/16/20
Away in a Manger
This classic children’s carol was once thought to have been composed by Martin Luther. With modern research, we now know it was not and likely originated in America. The tune that we sing this carol to today was first published by James R. Murray in his collection Dainty Songs for Little Lads and Lasses (1887). The English use a different tune written by American composer William J. Kirkpatrick and published in 1895. Enjoy both versions with these videos!
Today’s Bible verse:
6 "For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah's prophecy raised the hope of the enslaved and beaten down of the Jewish nation. A Messiah would come. They expected a wonderful counselor like Solomon. To me, it's the counsel of Paul to the churches of Asia Minor found in Philippians 4:4-8. They were looking for a mighty God, like mighty King David. To me, it means the miracles of Christ on or near the Sea of Galilee. They were looking for an almighty God to carry out the covenant of God through Abraham. It also means to me, eternal life through the death of Christ on the Cross. They were looking for a Prince of peace who would end enslavement and warfare. To me, it's the peace of mind to meet each day with its challenges to those of faith.
Incarnate God, hear our prayer. We thank you for sending your son and giving us the wisdom through the Holy Scriptures, the mightiness through your miracles, and our eternal life through the sacrifice of your son on the cross and peace everlasting. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.
(Reflection & Prayer by Wayne Reisberg)