12/18 Friday - Advent Seasonby WCUMC Member on 12/18/20
Carol: On This Day Earth Shall Ring This Christmas carol is what is known as a macaronic hymn, or a hymn written in two languages. In this case, most of the hymn is in English but the refrain contains the Latin phrase “Ideo, Gloria in Excelsis Deo” which can be translated to “Therefore we sing, ‘Glory to God in the Highest.’” It is an adaptation of a 16th century Latin hymn. The first English lyrics were published in 1924. The setting published in our hymnal was arranged by Gustav Holst, whom you may recognize as the composer for the orchestral suite “The Planets”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZPRMvozqYI
Today's Bible verse:
9 In that day they will say,
“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the LORD, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
As I think about the word TRUST today, it seems one of negativity. We appear to be living in a time when we are taught to not trust anyone. With today’s technology those who wish to “steal our information, goods, and money” seem to have an upper hand. There are constant warnings to make passwords as difficult as possible, Don’t open suspicious e-mails, don’t answer the phone if you don’t know the number, install video devices to watch your home while you are away, and so on. Even our police have come to be mistrusted as misusing their authority in the ways of force and violence (I remember growing up being taught that if I ever needed help call a police officer – you can always trust them).
So what about trusting the Lord? The entire Bible is filled with stories of how God does not change; He loves us and keeps his promises. We can trust Him. It’s easy to trust and rejoice when we have had a prayer answered in our favor. Trusting on a daily basis, when things are not quite so “perfect” can become somewhat more sketchy. I know I have those times. When I’m experiencing that time of question I remember the Bible stories, tell God I really don’t know what he’s up to, but…, recall all the opportunities and blessing he provided even when I did not ask, and stop to take a look about me at all the things God created and how wonderful they are – yes even mosquitoes in the summer as they feed frogs and bats. God keeps his promises, even when we do not understand. He promised to reconcile us to Him and Sent his Son as our Salvation. Certainly Trust in God is for real. Doesn’t it feel good to know there is someone you can trust in our distrusting world?
Pray with us:
Dear God, As we continue in this Advent season preparing, once again to welcome your Son, let us rejoice in the promises you keep. Let us truly trust you no matter what comes our way. Let us welcome the baby in the manger as our Salvation and reconciliation to you. Through our celebrations, may we touch others that they may also believe and trust in you. We pray in Jesus’ name, AMEN
(Reflection & Prayer by Cindy Chambers)