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Home Every Day With Jesus 12-23-13 to 12-29-13

12-23-13 to 12-29-13

Daily Devotions for December 23-29, 2013

Letting our hymns speak  - The week of Christmas

There are times when the hymns and carols we love grow so familiar that we don’t even hear the words anymore.

But the hymns and carols of Christmas hit home for us not simply because of their melodies. It’s the content. It’s the message. It’s the proclamation of what the Lord tells us from the Living and Enduring Word of God.

And so during this Christmas week, stop. Read. Savor the words of these Christmas hymns and carols. Soak in what God is saying to you. Use them to commune with your Savior in prayer. The truths they speak are as fresh and new as the Baby in Bethlehem on the first Christmas night.

Monday, Dec 23

The night will soon be ending; the dawn cannot be far. Let songs of praise ascending now greet the Morning Star. All you whom darkness frightens with guilt or grief or pain, God’s radiant Star now brightens and bids you sing again.

The One whom angels tended comes near, a Child, to serve. Thus God, the judge offended, bears all our sins deserve. The guilty need not cower. For God has reconciled, through His redemptive power, all those who trust this Child.

Jochen Klepper, tr Herman G. Tuempfle Jr./1998 GIA Publications, Inc/Christian Worship Supplement #705

Tuesday, Dec 24

Silent night. Holy night. All is calm, all is bright round yon virgin mother and Child. Holy Infant, so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night. Holy night. Shepherds quake at the sight. Glories stream from heaven afar. Heavenly hosts sing, “Alleluia.” Christ, the Savior, is born. Christ, the Savior, is born.

Silent night. Holy night. Son of God, love’s pure light radiant beams from Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace. Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth. Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Franz Joseph Mohr, tr John F. Young/Christian Worship #60

Wednesday, Dec 25

What Child is this who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing. Haste, haste to bring Him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate where oxen now are feeding? Good Christians, fear. For sinners here the silent Word is pleading. Nails, spear shall pierce Him through. The cross He’ll bear for me, for you. Hail, hail the Word made flesh, the Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh. Come, peasant, king, to own Him. The King of kings salvation brings; let loving hearts enthrone Him. Raise, raise the song on high; the virgin sings her lullaby. Joy, joy, for Christ is born, the Babe, the Son of Mary.

William C. Dix/Christian Worship #67

Thursday, Dec 26

Creator of the stars of night, Your people’s everlasting light, O Christ, Redeemer of us all, We pray you hear us when we call.

In sorrow that the ancient curse Should doom to death a universe, You came, O Savior, to set free Your own in glorious liberty.

To God Creator, God the Son, And God the Spirit Three in One, Praise, honor, might and glory be From age to age eternally.

Latin hymn, c. 9th century, tr. Melvin Farrell/Christian Worship #31

Friday, Dec 27

Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed, where a mother laid her Baby in a manger for His bed. Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little Child.

He came down to earth from heaven, who is God and Lord of all. And His shelter was a stable, and His cradle was a stall. With the poor and mean and lowly lived on earth our Savior holy.

But our eyes at last shall see Him through His own redeeming love. For that Child, so dear and gentle, is our Lord in heaven above. And He leads His children on to the place where He is gone.

Cecil Frances Alexander/Christian Worship #50

Saturday, Dec 28

O Jesus Christ, Your manger is my paradise where my soul is reclining. For there, O Lord, we find the Word made flesh for us – Your grace is brightly shining.

He, whom the sea and wind obey, comes down to serve the sinner in great meekness. Now God’s own Son with us is one. And joins us and our children in our weakness.

Dear Christian friend, on Him depend. Be of good cheer and let no sorrow move you. For God’s own Child, in mercy mild, joins you to Him – how greatly God must love you!

Paul Gerhardt, tr. The Lutheran Hymnal, St Louis, 1941, alt./Christian Worship #40

Sunday, Dec 29

Once again my heart rejoices. As I hear, far and near, sweetest angel voices. “Christ is born!” their choirs are singing till the air, everywhere, now with joy is ringing.

Hear! The Conqueror has spoken: “Now the foe, sin and woe, death and hell are broken.” God is Man, man to deliver. And the Son now is one with our blood forever.

Should we still fear God’s displeasure – who, to save, freely gave His most precious Treasure? To redeem us He has given His own Son from the throne of His might in heaven.

Paul Gerhardt, tr. Catherine Winkworth/Christian Worship #37















The Night Will Soon Be Ending.  Text: Jochen Klepper, 1902-1943; tr. Herman G. Steumpfle Jr., 1923-2007 © 1998 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.  Used by permission. Reprinted under #A-703579.

Creator of the Stars of Night.  Text: Original Latin tr. in The Hymnal 1982; Tr. © 1985, Church Pension Fund.  All rights reserved.  Reprinted under #A-703579


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