12/22 Tuesday - Advent Seasonby WCUMC Member on 12/22/20
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen This is an old carol from around the 16th century and its age is reflected in its somewhat archaic language. The word “rest” in the first line/title is used to mean “to keep” or “to remain”. Thus the phrase “God rest you merry, gentlemen” would mean something like “may God grant you peace and happiness”. This carol always makes me think of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and Victorian carolers, so enjoy this Victorian style caroling group singing a rendition of this carol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MshveTyqFyg
Today’s Bible verse:
68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
Today's verse is the beginning of Zechariah's song of praise. Zechariah, John the Baptist's father, was speaking as if the Lord had already arrived on the Earth and had saved the people of Israel. Zechariah believes that God has remained faithful to his promises made through prophets of old. John is only eight days old when his father sings the praises of the Lord and the Lord has yet to come. He sings of salvation for his people and as he waits, we look ahead to the one who is coming! How amazing it is to see the faith of Zechariah. We know how the story unfolds and yet, sometimes we are caught up in the wrappings of the season and forget that the story does not end with Christmas. May we too praise the Lord during this season of waiting and remember that the story continues and the end is salvation for all people!
Pray with us:
Heavenly Father, May we remember that this season of waiting is a time of praise not only for your coming but what is to come. Help us to give the Grace to others that we have been given by you even as we hurry and busy ourselves to meet the deadline of Christmas. Let us continue to have the Faith of Zechariah by remembering the promises God has given us. Amen
(Reflection & Prayer by Wendy Miller)