What Child is this who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet while shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary!
If “Oh, Come, Emmanuel” is a plainchant from the Middle Ages, “What Child Is This?” is a romantic ballad from Renaissance England. The tune is lively enough in its triple time to... Read More
Oh, come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel!
The melancholy plainsong of this ancient Advent hymn is a perfect setting for a cry from the heart of the suffering and waiting nation of Israel. Once enslaved in Egypt and a millennium later taken in chains to Babylon, the Israelites had to wait and wait some more to see their destiny as... Read More
Some of life’s most miserable moments come when disaster strikes and you’re all alone. It’s minus 10 degrees, midnight, and your car won’t start to get you home. Your roommate moves out without telling you and leaves debts and bills for you to clean up. You live alone and fall. The divorce is finalized, and it hits you that you have no partner anymore.
One of Satan’s objectives, as he seeks to destroy you spiritually, is to lie to you... Read More
Everybody I know suffers from depression to some degree. Some feel blue now and then, some are depressed a lot, and the rest are pretty much on suicide watch all the time. Everybody has to struggle with the feeling of being worthless. At the core of that miserable state is the conviction that nobody loves you, that nobody cares. That feeling is one of Satan’s lies—he’s trying to rob you of the comfort of knowing that God created you and... Read More
When you’re making a list of the things that make the world look out of control, surely death will be near the top. What is more terrifying than seeing someone you love in a coffin or watching your own life slip away? Undertakers do their best, but death is always ugly. It is a violent, unwanted intruder in the paradise that God first created. Has it stolen someone you love? Are you afraid of death?
In Luke chapter 7, the... Read More
It’s not so very hard to believe in a kind and loving God when your health is good, when you have enough money, and when people are being nice to you. I can’t blame you if your faith is shaken when it looks as though your life is going from bad to worse. When the angels fly over a children’s hospital, they can hear a steady stream of anguished cries from fearful parents geysering up to heaven.
Have you ever... Read More
One of the greatest things about living in America is that I feel that I can trust our military to be working for me. I don’t see soldiers very often. Once in a while I’ll see a military convoy on the interstate, a flag ritual at a veteran’s funeral, or the vapor contrail of a fighter aircraft high above. But even though I don’t see armed servicemen and servicewomen often, I know that they are on duty protecting our country.... Read More