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Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Have you ever noticed that along with the beauty of the Christmas Season, with wonderful music, lovely decorations, and a sense of joy and expectation, feelings of sadness can surface as well? stained-glass-angels web

This time of year can make difficult things seem particularly heightened. Tender places in our hearts seem even more tender. Places where we have pressed into God and waited long for answers, yet the expected breakthrough seems out of reach. Even though we are learning to abide in His Presence, times of sadness can sweep over us in the midst of challenging circumstances. We are real people, who face real life issues that are not always easy. It isn’t that we lack faith; rather, it is the length of the journey while waiting expectantly for the response of heaven.

Last night, as I listened to the Sounds of Christmas sung by a great choir, the strains of a familiar carol touched my heart. Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Glory to the newborn King! This great anthem of praise resounds with the triumph of the skies.Yet, there is a line I would draw your attention to in the second verse:

                                    Late in time behold him come.

When you think of the birth of Jesus, it could appear His arrival came too late. Yet He came at the exact hour, indeed, the appointed time of the Father, to unlock that Divine intention in the heart of God: to redeem all that was lost and to give us life.

When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son.
Born of a woman, born under the law,
To redeem those who were under the law,
That we might receive the adoption as sons. Gal 4:4-6 

While I don’t presume to understand the things in our lives that beckon a quicker answer, I can quiet my heart and find that place of peace that only Jesus can bring. When I consider that it may seem to us to be Late in time, I know that He holds every piece of our hearts in His hand and we will yet say, Behold Him come!

Our lives are a testimony of the triumph of the skies! Every part of our lives, every difficult place is an opportunity for triumph. We lift our voices in the midst of it all declaring who He is and who He is for us!

Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace,
Hail the Son of Righteousness.
Light and life to all He brings,
Risen with healing in His wings,
Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth
Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King!

We are learning about the fullness that He came to bring.

We are stepping into that fullness.

Every circumstance in our life must align with that fullness.

In every situation, we are attracted to His fullness… not fear, intimidation, negativity or hopelessness. Rather, we are gripped by all that Jesus is for us.

Astonishment is a way of life for us.

Let this Christmas season be a powerful time of entering into a new place with Him.

聞けや歌声 (Hark the Herald Angels Sing)
巨人、イナゴ、好意、神 Giants, Grasshoppers, Favor & God
 

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Thank you Jane for again inspiring us to keep our eyes on Jesus.

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What He is doing with us and for us is much more of what we desired or expected for.thank you, Jane for sharing your heart with us (the nations)! I believe the best is yet to come!

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Love your thoughts in your latest blog Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Precious reminder of His timing and Who He is for us. Thank you, I was so touched and blessed.

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Well you are right on ! A while ago I felt that god wanted trip a part of all our parties ! So for years after I always kept a time for him ! He always showed up . I see people all celebrating parties and I grieve! Because I know his heart ....

Well you are right on ! A while ago I felt that god wanted trip a part of all our parties ! So for years after I always kept a time for him ! He always showed up . I see people all celebrating parties and I grieve! Because I know his heart . That us way I have my prayer soak lifhthouse

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Wonderful words of ENCOUAGEMENT. Our love to you from Australia. Jeanette and I had a lovely dinner with Kerry-Ellen. Stephen and Jeanette Whiting

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Our times and seasons are in His hands...

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Like many people Christmas is my favorite time of year. I can't wait to decorate to celebrate Christ birth! I try to carry it through year round and find it difficult yet Jesus is reminding me daily why we are here. We must give the glory to Him!

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Thank you, Jane
I think that I will READ all the words of the Christmas carols first. Then I can sing them with a new spirit of Christmas! Blessed Christmas!

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[b]Our God is never late, He is always right on time to share with us and encourage us, strengthen us and show us where He wants us to minister in His name. He is a faithful God who is always there for us in every small experience. I love Him...

[b]Our God is never late, He is always right on time to share with us and encourage us, strengthen us and show us where He wants us to minister in His name. He is a faithful God who is always there for us in every small experience. I love Him and place Him above all else in my daily life. Blessings, Mary Lambrecht

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Jesus our Savior, may we all take time this Christmas season, we want to worship you, love and adore you. Hark your children sing, receive our praise. Glory to our Lord in the highest.

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Profound. How often in this Advent Season does a gentle sadness come and mist the joy of expectation a strange and powerful sense of longing. Is this the sighing of the Bride for the comings of the Bridegroom. It some how a deeper cry than...

Profound. How often in this Advent Season does a gentle sadness come and mist the joy of expectation a strange and powerful sense of longing. Is this the sighing of the Bride for the comings of the Bridegroom. It some how a deeper cry than simply about our personal needs etc. Hark the Herald angels do again sing. Glory to the newborn King. A King must have a Kingdom. Thank god that we in Aglow are but a glimpse of what this Kingdom is meant to be. 2014 a page is opening and nothing is yet written. Maranatha!

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