We Three Kings of Orient Are (Advent: Day 17)

We Three Kings of Orient Are (Advent: Day 17)

We three kings of Orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar, field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE verse 1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who [...]

Whence is that Goodly Fragrance Flowing (Advent: Day 16)

Whence is that Goodly Fragrance Flowing (Advent: Day 16)

Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing, stealing our senses all away! I love how this Christmas hymn written in 1728 associates Jesus with a "goodly fragrance." Ephesians 5:1-2 says, "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering [...]

While Shepherds Watched their Flocks (Advent: Day 14)

While Shepherds Watched their Flocks (Advent: Day 14)

This Advent hymn centers around the shepherds who were the first to hear the glorious, angelic proclamation of Christ's birth. As mentioned in a previous Advent post, these shepherds were not ordinary shepherds. The more I’ve studied this, the more I’m in awe of how God orchestrated the Christmas story. Rabbi Jason Sobel says of [...]

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Advent: Day 11)

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Advent: Day 11)

Written in 1849 by Edmund Sears, this Advent hymn spans from the night of Christ's birth to the New Heaven and New Earth. The angels’ song (message of the gospel) is still sounding forth today, but the noise of this world drowns it out. The world's noise can be terribly distracting, and if we are [...]