“Glory Be To God On High”

Him by the angels all adored,
Their maker and their king;
Lo, tidings of their humbled Lord,
They now to mortals bring;
Emptied of His majesty,
Of His dazzling glories shorn,
Our being’s Source begins to be,
And God Himself is born!

See the eternal Son of God,
A mortal Son of Man,
Now dwelling in an earthly clod,
Whom Heaven cannot contain!
Stand amazed, ye heavens, look at this!
See the Lord of earth and skies
Low humbled to the dust He is,
And in a manger lies!

Experiencing Christ In Christmas

One of the most difficult things for me during Advent and Christmas is to take the time to really experience the coming of Christ anew into my life. With all of the increased activities, from Christmas parties, concert rehearsals and performances to gift shopping, planning trips to be with relatives and more, I sometimes find myself getting to Christmas Day and reflecting back on the past month thinking, “Where did the time go?” and “Did I take the time I should have taken to really experience Christ in Christmas this year?”

Experiencing Christ is a discipline we all struggle with, usually on a daily basis throughout the year. But especially at Advent, I think we’re called to slow down a bit and take time to look for the ways that God is trying to break into our lives and show His great love for each one of us — if only we’ll take the time to look for and be with Him.

I am really enjoying our advent study, When God Comes Down, by James Harnish.  This past Sunday, our Wesley Sunday School class finished the 1st chapter and I appreciate how Dr. Harnish challenged us to practice a spiritual discipline such as prayer, worship, scripture reading or silence that will help open our eyes, ears, heart and soul to Christ’s coming into our life this week.  I’m going to try to do a better job of this throughout this Advent Season and into 2015.

Kent Heltne

 Prayer: How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts, the blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in. Amen.

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