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Advent Peace #1: Sing a New Song

Tonight, after driving home from my daughters’, I made myself a salad and sat down to find a Christmas movie. The movie was to entertain me while I work on the Grands’ Christmas stockings. For whatever reason, my TV remote didn’t log all the numbers correctly and up popped Christmas music that had me sitting back in my chair and ignoring everything else.

Christmas Under The Stars 2016 at BYU was beyond just a seasonal show – it was a blessing.

Michael W. Smith – Amy Grant – Jordan Smith – BYU orchestra and choir – – –

Really? Who could ask for more on the first day of the Peace Advent?

“Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.” — Psalm 96:1

Jewish tradition teaches that when the Messiah establishes his kingdom on the earth, the world will sing a new song. Not only will it sing a new song – there will be a new note added to the musical scale. The note will signify to all Creation that balance has been restored. God, man and all creation will walk in the garden together once again.

As Christians we wait to sing that new song through Christ’s return. A Sovereign LORD bringing peace upon this war-torn earth. A Shepherd who has carried us through those wars – who wrapped his body around us, protecting his lambs from the worst of the arrows – who will continue to carry each of us close to His heart as He returns a peaceful balance to the Garden He created.

As we light the second candle of peace. We remember Christ in His first Advent, and we celebrate the second Advent that is just around the corner. We may not know the specific times, but we know to watch the signs that He taught us during His first Advent.

In his devotions for the 2nd week of Advent, Max Lucado quotes Frederick Buechner: “It is He who made us, and not we ourselves, made us out of His peace to live in peace, out of His light to dwell in light, out of his Love to be above all things loved and loving.” (p161)

As I sang those old carols tonight (and some new ones)– because who can possible watch a show with Christmas songs and not sing along??? – right??? I loved finding my voice again, and the memories those songs brought with them. But oooo…with each turn of the earth, I am getting more excited about singing that new Advent song. And of course – that sets of that crazy pondering latch in my head as I try to imagine exactly what that new note will sound like – ? – hmmmm – will all music then be re=written? – – – was there an 8th note before the fall?? when – – – -????

“O Zion, messenger of good news,
shout from the mountaintops!
Shout it louder, O Jerusalem.b
Shout, and do not be afraid.
Tell the towns of Judah,
“Your God is coming!”
Yes, the Sovereign LORD is coming in power.
He will rule with a powerful arm.
See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.”~Is 40:9-11 [google image]

#perhapstoday #singanewsong


“But it occurred in those days that a command also went out from Augustus Caesar that every nation* of his empire would be registered. This census was the first in the government of Quraynus in Syria.” ~ Lk 2:1-2advent journey a

There is a story – a holy story whispered and then written about 2000 years ago. A story about a man and a woman on a journey. One weary step after another weary step. 80 miles for a census that they had to do – not wanted to do. A mandate.Foreign laws enforced. Foreign ways demanded.. Leaving home – not knowing that they would not see home -family – friends – possessions for several years.

In those days, such a journey was not an easy one. Grumbling companions who were also compelled to travel far away. Bandits taking advantage of stragglers. Wild animals,lions and bears and snakes, – oh my – made the journey perilous even to those traveling in a group – – – let alone a very pregnant woman..

These were not ordinary times. These were times full of fear beyond the everyday uncertainties. A conguered people had much to fear. Roman demands. Violence. Fear. Sorrow. Racial tension. Religious biogotry. Terrorism. And a baby – a baby coming any day.

“And everyone was going to be registered in his own city. But Yoseph had come up from Nazareth, a city of Galilee, to Judea to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was from the house and from the lineage of David” ~Lk 2:3-4advent map

When I read this holy story, I remember that Mary and Joseph had something much deeper than many of their fellow travelers. I wonder if their fellow travelers sensed something special about the pregnant lady and her doting husband? Did friends and family rest a little more comfortably when they camped beside them – or shared stories at the end of a day’s travel?

Maybe it is just me, but there is something special about people who know the LORD. The LORD shines through them and out into every molecule that touches them. A vibration that bumps and grows and radiates with each encounter. This holy couple carried the LORD for 9 months – facing each new decision together and now – were in the final days before His entry into the physical world – into a tiny stable where the dirt and vermin and animals lived and excreted daily.

The journey continues for us. One step after another and at the end of our path – if we are wise enough to seek Him – the LORD will be born spiritually into our lives. It doesn’t matter how filthy or filled with evil we have been – He will come to those who ask just as He physically came to those who welcomed Him into their arms so long ago and sang Him a tender lullabye.mary and joseph