Happy Birthday Charles Wesley! December 18,1707

Charles Wesley is one of my very favorite hymn-writers and musicians.  His heartfelt lyrics always challenge me to think a little deeper, know a little wider, and understand more the powerful depth of the love that changes my life daily.  One of his most famous lyrical gifts to our world of music today, are the words to “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”

We always forget the last verses of songs…. I can sing big and bold on the first verse, and then my voice sorta tapers off as the following ones are sung.  So, here is the last verse, and one full of meaning for us.

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n 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!

No matter what we face today…. HOPE exists because Christ was born, lived, died, and was resurrected to bring us life.

I’m excited! He is with me. Emmanuel, God with us.  He does not leave, He doesn’t forget me, and He ardently loves me.

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”  Matthew 2:10

They rejoiced because they knew that their only hope was now a reality!  No more desperate attempts to appease a god with their own futile efforts, no more hard work with no perfection of themselves in sight — with only more failure that led to condemnation.  Now Christ had come!  The promise!  The hope.  The light that shines in the darkness showing us the only way to truly know our Father.


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