jesus-nameTonight, I pulled out Boys’ Town. I love my DVD collection – especially the old movies. There is something in their symplicity that appeals to my nature right now.

  • Black and white – in more ways than one.father flanagan
  • Classic music in the background – often written just for the movie.
  • Actors that didn’t need outrageous words or actions to hold my attention.
  • A  protagonist that stands as a role model for me to want to emulate long after the movie is over.
  • Plot lines that leave me pondering things that seem to be missing in our world today.

boys_town_posterIf you’ve never watched this 1938 film, it stars Spencer Tracey and Mickey Rooney. As the overture begins, the musical arranger, Edward Ward, utilized a few measures that jump-started my memory banks. (Actually – there are several songs throughout the whole movie that disturbed my thought process with other memories.) However, it was those first measures of lyrical tones that he used at the beginning, and boys townthat he returned to over and over, that really made me want to sing. I rifled through my files trying to figure out what hymn it was. Bits and pieces of the lyrics came into my head, but I couldn’t quite grab the whole song. (Ugh – drives me crazy when that happens.)

Then, there it was – all of it – and it was perfect for today – December 1, 2015.

  • Fairest Lord Jesus”

“And she shall bring forth a Son, and she shall call his name Yeshua, for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matt 1:21

You don’t have to go very far into the New Testament to find the name of Jesus...(Matt 1:1) But Matt 1:21 is where the story has always grabbed me. A young unwed mother standing on the rock of faith. A man who hasn’t found that firm rock beneath his feet yet. And – another miraculous visitation of clarity.

It reminds me of the times, I didn’t not stand upon my own rock – of the times I let the sands wash beneath my feet and fell into the waters of the deep – of the times when I trembled in fear and gulped for air – and – of the miracle of grace that rescued me from the drowning waves. It is a history that began over 2000 years ago, but continues to live today for those of us who carry it in our hearts despite our fears and stumbles.

“Yoseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Maryam your woman, for he who is begotten in her is from The Spirit of Holiness.” Matt 1:20

As most of you know, we don’t mention Christmas much anymore, but Jesus is mentioned even less often. I think I am going make a point to mention Yeshua – Jesus – more often in the coming days. To let the story of a young girl and a young man sink deeper into my soul – to honor their journey with a little more reverence – to say their son’s name a little more often —



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