My dear friend Larry Carroll posted this on Facebook and his blog recently and I couldn't agree more. So, I wanted to share it will everyone I know who is married or ever plan, or hopes to be. I pray you will follow the link to Larry's blog.
Helen and I recently attended our granddaughter's wedding. During the reception, there was the dance (a waltz) where all of the married couples got out on the floor and little by little were ushered off until just the longest married couple remained, and we were "it". (52 years in September) So, the MC gave me the microphone and asked us to give the newly married couple some advice.
Here it is, short and sweet:
The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them. (Isaiah 9:2 NASB)
This verse is very familiar to me, thanks to G.F. Handel's Messiah. It's popular during the Christmas Season since we are celebrating the coming of the Light of the World.
But look what comes right before it:
But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. (Isaiah 9:1 NASB)
I love this – Jesus growing up in Galilee of the Gentiles making it glorious – but check the beginning
No more gloom for her who was in anguish.
Are you in anguish?
Are you living in gloom?
Are you stuck in a dark land – a dark place?
Christmas is here to break the gloom – break the anguish.
Ok – that was a bit mushy – how 'bout this:
Jesus was born, lived, and died a cruel death to break the gloom with an astonishing light. [Tweet This]
Handel's Messiah has a very special place in my heart. When I was in high school and for a few years after that, my parents and I would go and join with a bunch of our extended family for a performance of Messiah at Carnegie Hall. Two of my uncles would purchase adjoining boxes, and there would be a dozen or more of us gathering to enjoy this wonderful work of genius.
The performance was a particular group that roots in the Church, so, much of the audience was filled the people of faith. It was such fun to be in a venue such as Carnegie and hear the response of the audience in Amen's and Hallelujahs mixed in with the bravos.
At that time I had sung much of the Messiah in choirs and such, so I would always bring my score along and follow as the orchestra and choir performed this wonderful oratorio.
I found, this morning, this youtube of the Brandenburg Consort and King's College, Cambridge Choir. It's fantastic! My father passed down his love for boys choir music to me at a young age. Don't get me wrong, I married a soprano, but there is nothing quite like the pure sound of a no-vibrato boy soprano voice.
I'm hoping, like me, you'll let this music become the backdrop for the coming week, and let the words from, all taken from the Bible, soak into your Spirit.
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