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Hallelujah!

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Hallelujah! I needed some joy today in my outlook, so I scrolled through Spotify and found The Messiah done by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir . Then I searched YouTube and found a ton of videos. This production is more than a Christmas program. It's glory come down to earth. I listened, and The Messiah lifted my spirits. Of course, when I got to the "Hallelujah Chorus," I started to cry.  That's what happens to me when the Holy Spirit falls on me. I cry. Tears of joy , gratefulness, humility, conviction, calling . All the things that remind me who I am and who God is. How great and mighty God is! Take a listen to this song and pray a little prayer of praise .  (I picked their latest world-encompassing virtual version. How cool is that?) We belong to a victorious God! Lord God, You are Wonderful! You're a Mighty God, an Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace ! You are not swayed by the chaos of this world or worried about the choices I made in my life. You lead me

A prayer of hope for the holidays

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Christmas is hard for people who grieve. They remember other Christmases filled with memories and laughter, and grief becomes overwhelming. Or perhaps Christmas is their loneliest time, without any cherished memories, which makes it that much harder to be festive. Is Christmas hard for you? Does it make you feel hopeless? Just since December began, I've attended one funeral, watched one on television, and revised my family, whom I haven't seen since my mom died. Collectively, grief is strong and real. But I do not grieve as one without hope ( 1 Cor. 15:18-20 ). Perhaps that is why we sing the "Messiah" at Christmas. Hope began with the birth of a baby, but hope continues through Jesus' resurrection and  his predicted triumphant return. Hope culminates with the " Hallelujah Chorus ." (Turn up the volume--it's the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!) This Christmas, pray this prayer of hope. Hope dispels grief. Hope gives suffering a context and a