Bringing good news

We usually associate Messiah with Christmas, but Handel intended it to be performed at Easter.

Luke chapter 2, New Living Translation 


The Shepherds and Angels

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.
Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them.
shepherds raising arms to the sky
Shepherds drawing by Bill Hart
“Don’t be afraid!” he said.                                         
“I bring you good news that will bring    
great joy to all people.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

The artist- Bill Hart 

The late Bill Hart was a professional artist. He served in the United States Army during World War II and was part of the force which invaded  and liberated  France in 1944. You can read Bill’s story at this link. 


The composer- George Handel 

These verses from the Bible book Luke  are sung in Handel’s musical  Messiah musical. We usually associate  Messiah with Christmas, but Handel intended it to be performed at Easter.
 “Handel got the lyrics from a preacher named Charles Jennens, who wrote out the whole piece as a collage of Bible verses designed to tell a story about the Messiah.”
quoted from
According to the Bible, Luke was a physician. George Handel’s father, Georg, was a barber-surgeon.

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The rewards of living in excellence #Proverbs31#VickiCourtney


 Who can find an excellent woman?
    She is worth far more than rubies.

statue of an ancient woman with children

 She puts on strength and honor as if they were her clothes.
    She can laugh at the days that are coming.                     

 She speaks wisely.
    She teaches faithfully.

 She watches over family matters.
    She is busy all the time.

 Her children stand up and call her blessed.
    Her husband also rises up, and he praises her.

 He says, “Many women do excellent things.
    But you are better than all the others.”


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Charm can fool you. Beauty fades.
    But a woman who has respect for the Lord should be praised.

 Give her honor for all that her hands have done.
    Let everything she has done bring

praise to her at the city gate.








Proverbs 31, NIV

New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Statues photographed by Dr. Aletha while visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City



“As I think of godly women who ..consistently speak with wisdom and kindness, they all have one thing in common: each of these women exhibits a deep spirit of humility.

Displaying a spirit of humility comes naturally to someone who is in the habit of showing awe and reverence to God.

Someone who is humble understands that the only good in them comes as a result of the grace of God. They extend grace and mercy to others because they realize the value of God’s grace and mercy in their own lives.”






quote from

the Virtuous Woman:Shattering the Superwoman Myth  


by Vicki Courtney












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