Some children see Him…

"Illustration originally created by artist Kathleen Rietz for Abbey Press, 2007. All rights reserved."  Used with permission.
“Illustration originally created by artist Kathleen Rietz for Abbey Press, 2007. All rights reserved.” Used with permission.

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SOME CHILDREN SEE HIM
Some children see Him lily-white
The Baby Jesus born this night.
Some children see Him lily-white
With tresses soft and fair.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
The Lord of heaven to earth come down.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
With dark and heavy hair.
The children in each different place
Will see the Baby Jesus’ face
Like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace
And filled with Holy Light.
Oh lay aside each earthly thing
And with thy heart as offering
Come worship now the Infant King
‘Tis love that’s born tonight.

                                           – Alfred Burt, 1951

Mary’s Boy Child

Artist: Anton von Werner. Photo by Wolfgang Sauber / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Artist: Anton von Werner. Photo by Wolfgang Sauber / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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MARY’S BOY CHILD

Long time ago in Bethlehem,
so the Holy Bible say,
Mary’s Boy Child, Jesus Christ,
was born on Christmas Day.
“Hark! Now hear,” the angels sing,
“new King born today.”
And man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas Day.
While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
they saw a bright, new shining star,
and heard a choir from heaven sing,
the music came from afar.
“Hark! Now hear,” the angels sing,
“a new King born today.”
And man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas Day.
Now Joseph and his wife, Mary,
came to Bethlehem that night.
They found no place to bear her child,
not a single room was in sight.
But but-and-by they found a little nook,
in a stable, all forlorn.
And in a manger, cold and dark,
Mary’s little Boy Child was born.
Trumpets sound and angels sing,
listen to what they say,
That man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas day.
 – Jester Hairston, 1956

The Wedding

The Wedding

Preparing for a wedding has, in itself, become a big event today. In some cases, it’s become the event before “the” event. From creating “save the date” notifications, prior to actual wedding invitations; to searching for and reserving the desired venue and menu; to making arrangement for the honeymoon (and everything else in between), the list goes on and on. Much necessary thought, time and effort is invested in that “Big Day” that is meant to usher in a commitment that is designed to last a lifetime, here on earth.

There is another wedding that is to take place some time in the future.  It’s the Marriage of the Lamb described in the Bible in Revelation, chapter 19, verses 7-9.  Although we don’t know the date, that future wedding deserves as much, if not more, diligent preparation and attention.  The Bible tells us that there will be a day when Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb who died for you and me, will come again to greet and meet His “Bride”, (the church, Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:27), and she will be “caught up with Him in the air” always to be with Him. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).

Surely, preparing for that wedding would be quite different from the familiar here on earth. No need for invites, they’ve already been sent out (John 3:16-17); nor for venue or menu, it’s already been planned (Revelation 19:7-9); nor honeymoon arrangements, they’ve already been made. (John 14:2-3)

So, what preparation would be suitable for this event? Simply accepting the invitation, given to all of us in John 3:16-17: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Blessings to you!
Numbers 6:24-25