Shouting good news at Christmas

 Isaiah 40, NLT

“Comfort, comfort my people,”says your God.
Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,
 
“Clear the way through the wilderness
for the Lord!
Make a straight highway through the wasteland
for our God!
Fill in the valleys,
and level the mountains and hills.
Straighten the curves,

and smooth out the rough places.   

Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,  and all people will see it together.

The Lord has spoken!”

   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois, 60188. All rights reserved.
 
 

This Bible selection is one of several set to music in Handel’s famous musical, Messiah.

The Handel Family

Georg Handel was a barber-surgeon in northern Germany in the 17th century. Barber-surgeons were physicians in medieval Europe who only performed surgery, often treating wounds from war injuries. Eventually, surgery and barbery became separate occupations.

Handel's Messiah Complete Works

I’m glad his son,George did not follow his father into medicine. Instead George Frideric Handel studied music and eventually composed his masterpiece , Messiah, first performed in 1742, and which  millions of people have listened to or sang since then.

We usually associate  Messiah with Christmas, but Handel wrote it to be performed at Easter. He drew the words of the songs from Scripture, choosing passages that tell the story of God sending Jesus to earth to redeem His people.

The London Symphony Orchestra presents Handel's Messiah
HANDEL'S MESSIAH- A SOULFUL CELEBRATION album cover

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Remembering Dr. King’s dream

Isaiah 40:4-5, NIV

Every valley shall be raised up,
    every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
    the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted this scripture passage in his famous speech at the “March on Washington” in 1963.

 

"I have a dream"

Plaque honoring “I have a dream” speech by Dr. King

 

On the third Monday of January, the United States observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as an official federal holiday.

The Reverend Dr. King led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. His famous “I have a dream” speech, delivered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. is  remembered, read, and recited by people all over the country on the anniversary of his birth each year.

 

nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding, quote Martin Luther King

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Weekend Words of  faith, hope, and love

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These three remain, faith, hope and love, and greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

Surprising lessons you will learn waiting at the ER

Vietnamese people with bicycles, standing outside a clinic

People waiting to enter a medical clinic in vietnam.

 

I have waited for medical care too, from both sides, as a patient and as a doctor. Physicians also wait-

  • for lab results
  • for xray and scan reports
  • for consultants to call or send evaluation findings
  • for insurance companies to pay claims
  • for prior authorizations for surgery and medications to be approved

 

We all have to wait and it usually isn’t by choice or pleasant.

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People waiting at a medical clinic in Panama.

 

 

The Bible talks about waiting in this passage –

Isaiah 40:31, NKJV

But those who wait  on the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

 

 

 

I think it’s easier to wait when you expect, hope and, trust that waiting will lead to a good outcome, your problem will be solved, your illness will be successfully treated, your pain eased, your sorrow resolved.

Sometimes waiting teaches us valuable lessons that we might otherwise not know.

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People waiting at a clinic in Zanzibar.

 

 

Please read this poignant post from Martin Wiles about how visits to  hospital emergency rooms changed his perspective on waiting.  It might change yours also.

Lessons from a Waiting Room  by Martin Wiles

 

“Waiting rooms have taught me life is unfair. When I see people who don’t have and can’t afford insurance. When I see people who’ve been abused by others or who’ve had crimes committed against them. And when I see people addicted to drugs who are making a visit to get a pain fix. Or when I see bodies mangled by wrecks.”

 

those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar like eagles Isaiah 40:31

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Lenten Words – Rest

Isaiah 40(NIV)

11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.

a lamb standing in tall grass

 Matthew 11 (NIV)

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

 

We usually associate  Messiah with Christmas, but Handel wrote it to be performed at Easter. He drew the words of the songs from Scripture, choosing passages that tell the story of God sending Jesus to earth to redeem His people.

Handel’s Messiah has three acts, so many performances and recordings of Messiah use only the most popular songs, since the entire work is lengthy. This article will tell you about some of the songs you may already be familiar with including two that I have used in this series.

 

 

Lenten Words-Light

Lenten Words – Comfort

 

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