Unwrapping the Gift: How Many Kings?

The Gift

One of my favorite Christmas Carols is “How Many Kings” by Downhere.  The lyrics of this song bring me to tears.   It reminds me of Jesus’ Diety and the incredible gift  He gave to the entire world.  All for me…All for YOU!

Who else in all of history would do that?  All for me…All for YOU!

by Sherry Markert

How Many Kings?*   by Downhere

Follow the star to a place unexpected
Would you believe after all we’ve projected?
A child in a manger.

Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mother’s shawl
Just a child
Is this who we’ve waited for?

‘Cause how many kings stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Bringing our gifts for the newborn savior
All that we have whether costly or meek
Because we believed
Gold for his honor and frankincense for his pleasure
And myrrh for the cross he’ll suffer
Do you believe, is this who we’ve waited for?
It’s who we’ve waited for.

How many kings stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only one did that for me.

All for me
All for you

*Songwriters
Marc A. Martel, Jason
Ronald William Germain

Unwrapping the Gift: The First Noel

The Gift

I have always loved “The First Noel” . . . when I was younger, I loved it because it told the Christmas story, the NOEL.  Practically the entire thing!  It speaks to the shepherds, the wise men, to Bethlehem where Jesus lay, to us all ‘in one accord’.  Now as I am older, I am touched by the fact that it is the FIRST Noel.  The first and only.  One humbling journey for Jesus from Heaven to Earth, one birth as a child, one life as the Word, one death, one resurrection, one ascension.  One sacrifice, one grace for all time, for all people.  The FIRST and ONLY Noel!

by Connie Grosse

Unwrapping the Gift: Mary, Did You Know?

The Gift

I love this rendition of “Mary Did you Know” by Pentatonix http://faithtap.com/2089/pentatonix-mary-did-you-know/

When I listen to the words describe what it must have been like to be Mary, the mother of our savior…to actually know she was the one who would feed our Savior…who would brush his hair and dress him as a child…who would help him as he grew…I think, as a mother, how amazing, how mind boggling to know you have the responsibility and the privilege to spend those early developing years with Jesus!

“Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women! …Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.  And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end. …The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Highest will over shadow you; Therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”  Luke 1:28-35

by Elaine Fontes

Unwrapping the Gift: Silent Night

The Gift

My favorite Christmas carol is ‘Silent Night’. It was originally written for the acoustic guitar which is so stirring and simple. It reminds me of our free gift from God…His salvation through Jesus, His Son!

This is simple and uncomplicated, unlike the craziness that goes on in the world! It doesn’t cost anything except our humble agreement that we are sinners in need of a Savior. The free gift is for now and lasts through all eternity. What a most excellent journey through time and space!!!

by Joy Henderson

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…my favorite Christmas Carol.  From the time I was a small child I have sensed the great peace everything about this hymn conveys.  The words…the tune…the tempo…all contribute to a sense of peace and wonder in my soul.  I was transported to the manger where the new family rested, where peace came to earth.  There is an attitude of innocence, awe and wonder that remains fresh in my soul even these many years later.

It is my favorite Christmas Carol for another reason.  When my first child was born I developed the habit of holding her close and singing to her as our bedtime tradition.  She would often wiggle and squirm until I started singing “Silent Night.”  I could feel her little body relax and lose the drive for activity that had propelled her through the day.  Her head drooped against me and her eyes closed.  Often she would be in peaceful sleep before I carried her to her own crib to be watched over by our Lord.  One night, when she was a two year old toddler, as I began to sing our “closing song,” I heard a little girl voice shyly singing a few words right along with me.  I stopped and listened and she proceeded to sing…”sleep in heabenly peace, sleep in heabenly peace.”  Tears slipped onto my cheeks as I listened to the beauty of a child offering her gift of song.

by Marilyn Allison

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