04 December 2011

Meditations for Advent ~ December 4

Micro Nativity

But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:20, 21

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Come , Thou long expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us;
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring. 
By Thine own eternal spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Think all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

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