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Advent day 22
Advent 2019 Day 22

Sabbath Rest

Reflections from our church family this Advent.
Follow the whole series here.

During the Advent and Christmas season, Christmas music helps to shape in us expectation and hope.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn

O Holy Night

David Dawson performing O Holy Night live at Keady Row

Singing Christmas carols resulted in British and German troops ceasing fire on one another during World War I in what’s known as the Christmas Truce of 1914.” 

A British soldier reported that at one point they starting singing O Come, All Ye Faithful” and the Germans joined in, singing the same carol in Latin.

When the sun rose on Christmas Day, soldiers from both sides emerged from their trenches exchanging Christmas greetings and gifts with their enemies. 

My prayer for us as we sing Christmas Carols together this morning, is that we would know the peace of God and the songs we sing would awaken hope and expectation in us.

# Sabbath Blessing

May this day bring Sabbath rest to my heart and my home.
May my peace and perspective be renewed in the busyness of this season.
May my hand be free enough from spending and acquiring to receive God’s gift.
May a little of the wonder and magic of Christmas awaken the child within me today.
And may God’s Word feed me and His Spirit lead me into the week and into the life to come.

Amen