We usually associate Messiah with Christmas, but Handel composed 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.
In some cases Jennens copied verses from the King James Version of the Bible directly, and in other cases he abridged or modified the wording of the Bible verses somewhat to fit into something that could be set to music and sung.
He also decided to change the “point of view” in a couple of places. Rather than quoting Jesus’ words about himself directly, for instance, he made a few changes so that the singers are singing about Jesus rather than portraying the role of Jesus.”
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.”
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This passage from Matthew may be the most quoted from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Although traditionally called the “Lord’s Prayer”, it might also be called the disciples’ prayer.
In the book of Luke, the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray.
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
“‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’”
Christians pray these words exactly as written (although there are now many different Bible translations and paraphrases), or may use them as a model or outline for prayer. They are prayed during church services and in private devotions.
man praying on holy bible in the morning
The Lord’s Prayer has been set to music in various forms. A family friend sung it at my wedding. Some choose it for funerals or memorial services.
Singers ranging from amateur to professional have recorded The Lord’s Prayer in multiple languages. I enjoyed this Kenyan choir singing it in English.
“Jesus taught us to pray for daily bread. Have you ever noticed that children ask for lunch in utter confidence that it will be provided. Children do not find it difficult or complicated to talk to their parents, nor do they feel embarrassed to bring the simplest need to their attention. Neither should we hesitate to bring the simplest requests confidently to the Father.”
“Charles Jennens (1700-1773) was a wealthy English landowner and friend of George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). A patron of the arts, and skilled in music, literature, and the Bible, he collaborated with Handel on some of his musical compositions.
Jennens gave Handel the lyrics to Messiah, verses primarily from Isaiah, Psalms, Paul’s letters, and Revelation.
Messiah tells the story of the advent of Christ, His victory over sin and death, His defeat of His enemies, victorious return, establishment of His kingdom on the earth, and the believer’s victory over death through His resurrection.”
I think the parable also answers the question “Who gives health care?”
The story doesn’t mention doctors, nurses, or other medical professionals but many health care facilities and charitable organizations use the name “good Samaritan” .
Health care includes a variety of acts that contribute to health and well being such as
donate food to a local food bank
deliver meals to housebound persons
coach sports teams
donate clothes, blankets and toiletries to a homeless shelter
take an animal to visit residents of a nursing home
help with clean up after a natural disaster
learning and using CPR
teaching a child to ride a bicycle or swim
helping a special needs child ride a horse
taking soup to a sick friend
driving a disabled person to a medical appointment
In a sermon about the good Samaritan,
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said,
“I imagine that the first question the priest and Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But by the very nature of his concern, the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
Health care, whether done by professionals or laypersons, asks the same question-
“What will happen if I don’t stop to help?”
Learn more about the work of Samaritan’s Purse and consider what you might do to help support its work.
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