12/19 Saturday - Advent Season
by WCUMC Member on 12/19/20
Ding Dong Merrily on High
tune for this carol was originally a secular French dance song from the 16th
century. English composer George Ratcliffe Woodward wrote the lyrics in 1924,
likely influenced by his interest in church bells. In the second verse, you may
hear the line “And ‘Io, io, io!’ / By priest and people sungen.” The word “Io”
is a Latin interjection meaning something like “huzzah” or “hooray”.
Today’s Bible verse:
13 Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
Each morning as the sun bursts on the horizon, we have a glimpse of how great our God is. In this passage, we are reminded that if nature shouts for joy and bursts into song each day we too should be doing that. We know that the Lord comforts us and has compassion for us every day in a thousand little ways. We just have to stop and recognize those times. Then we will be able and willing to rejoice and burst into song and to share the Good News with everyone we meet.
Pray with us:
Dear Heavenly Father, We thank you for your compassion for us each day. You give us peace to face our trials. We thank you for the many gifts you send us each day and we are grateful. We thank you for nature that reminds us of how awesome you are each day. Help us to spread your love to those we meet today as we rejoice in your love. Amen
(Reflection & Prayer by Carol Parker)