Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Bat or butterfly: which will you see?

Speak.  My beauty lies inside of me.

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LUKE 2:7

There was no room for them in the inn.

 

 

 Notice the Beauty

 

 

Now seems like a great time to step out of ourselves and our busy lives for a moment here and there to notice the people around us and to express, not just consider expressing, that we see their beauty.

Shatter Me

ABC News interview with Lindsey Stirling: backstory on “Shatter Me” and a little on her struggle with depression and eating disorder.

 

 

Commencing a venture, no matter how small,

is to hover a moment between fly and fall.

Last year I fell.  Who knows what this year will bring?  At this moment, however, the view is grand.  I’m not limiting myself to Christmas this year, though that will play a significant part I imagine.  I’m leaving myself, and you, free to explore the fanciful, the thought-provoking, and, most importantly, things that bring a little light into the dark months of December.  Let’s celebrate!  Shall we begin?

 

 

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MATTHEW 1:18

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise.

EUOUAE

I found a post at Grammerly on the longest English words.   This one caught my attention because it was quirdly (quirky in a wordly way) and it has to do with music, medieval church music to be precise.  I have a thing for Gregorian Chant.

Euouae is six letters long, but all of the letters are vowels. It holds two Guinness World Records. It’s the longest English word composed exclusively of vowels, and it has the most consecutive vowels of any word.”  (Grammarly)

(Euouae at Wikipedia)

Silent Night

One of my favorite carols.  This version is visually beautiful, and the reverence with which it is performed was uniquely touching.  I felt, possibly more than ever before, how sacred that first night was, how truly blessed was that moment of respite before a lifetime of relentless work and turmoil.  Christ’s was a life spent on others, lived en route to an acknowledged death, unavoidable as all our deaths are, but unavoidably brutal as well. I wonder how often Mary looked back on the tenderly merciful memory of peace and joy, simplicity and safety, as she watched her son live the demanding life and die the ignominious death of His destiny.

Watch Domingo’s eyes as he sings.  Listen for the astonishing closing “Holy Night.”  What I heard was “Hallelujah” in a tone that showed angelic reverence for Christ and what He willingly undertook for us.

Yesterday morning, I woke up with “O Holy Night” playing in my head.  Later in the afternoon, a friend posted a link to this video on his Facebook.  I had to share it.

 

Music: David Tolk; Art: Jon McNaughton

The man that put this montage together, Seth Adams Smith, is also a blogger.  You may recognize his name from “Marriage isn’t For You,” or you may have discovered him, as I did, through his efforts to support those dealing with suicide and depression.  At this time of year, it can be extremely difficult to not feel the joy that everyone else seems to be sharing, especially for those who struggle with mood disorders and mental health issues.  I decided to post a couple of links that I hope will be of benefit either to those who are suffering themselves or who may know someone who is.

Suicide and Depression

To the Depressed and Suicidal: I Know How It Feels

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The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly bears a blossom
As white as lily flower
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet Saviour

The holly bears a berry
As red as any blood
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To do poor sinners good

The holly bears a prickle
As sharp as any thorn;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
On Christmas Day in the morn.

The holly bears a bark
As bitter as any gall;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
For to redeem us all.

Traditional arrangement, performed by Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Modern arrangement, performed by University of Utah Singers

Advent Calendar

Advent: Day 1

I have always loved the idea of advent calendars.  When my children were young, we always incorporated daily activities, stories, etc., in the days leading up to December 25.  While they did not follow the pattern of Advent, those daily fun reminders helped us draw closer as a family and kept our focus on the joy of the season.

This year I decided I wanted to use my blog as a place to share daily moments of Christmas joy with you.  I hope this will be a place you will want to visit at some point during your day to share the delight of the season.

Hallelujah!

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Did you know?  In the Hebrew form, Hallelujah is an imperative.  It is not our expression to God, although the word has evolved into this modern usage.  It is actually a command to us: “[You] praise God!”

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If you have a little extra time, here’s an interesting documentary on Handel’s Messiah.