Thought For The Day 12/25/13

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Oh Holy Night….Oh Blessed Day!

Post # 1013

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Christmas begins with Christ

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Christmas is a necessity.  There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves. 

Eric Sevareid

http://www.quotegarden.com/christmas.html

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O Holy Night” (“Cantique de Noël“) is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful and well-loved of all of the Christmas carols. Composed by  Adolph Adam in 1847, and it was based on the French poem, “Minuit, chrétiens” (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau. It was written when Placide was asked by a clergyman to write a poem for Christmas mass. Of course, Luke was his guide as he envisioned the birth of the Christ child in Bethlehem! The popularity of the words prompted the poet to contact a friend who was a musician. Adolph conceived the melody and within a few short weeks, the song was performed at the Midnight mass on Christmas Eve!

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Here are the lyrics to Placide’s beautiful poem!

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;

O night, O holy night, O night divine!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.

O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wise men from out of the Orient land.

The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.

He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.

Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,

His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

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The poem speaks volumes about the needs mankind has for a Savior to rescue us all from a world that is full of sin! After all, it would be this tiny babe who would bear the cares and sins for all of humanity forever more!

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.

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Then Placide goes on to tell us of the qualities Christ would grow to have….the qualities of God but in flesh and not spirit! John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,

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Then the words tell us how it is that God desires man to live…..what His expectations are for our behavior! John 13:35, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Yes, He expects that we will love Him and each other!

Truly he taught us to love one another,
His law is love and his gospel is peace.
Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother
And in his name all oppression shall cease.

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We, as a human race, were being given the opportunity, not to be saved from the Hell that our dying would direct us to, but we were also being given, by this gift of God in flesh, that capacity of living fulfilled and abundant lives as we walk upon the earth! Indeed, we were all given the way, the truth and the life by one tiny, little baby! Oh Holy Night, indeed!

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Oh Holy Night

Song performed by Josh Groban.
Set to scenes from “The Nativity Story”.

 (Video Created by YouTube channel Tonycdrive)

//www.youtube.com/embed/

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“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” 
John 1:14 KJV
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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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