Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Music of My Christmas...

... shared with you because it quiets me, stills my soul. And oh, how I want that for you, too!

Fernando Ortega (Christmas Songs)

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus... it plays over and over, in my kitchen and in my heart. (And could there be a more soothing voice than Fernando's?)
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Josh Rosenthal (Narratives: A Christmas Album) This Changes Everything:

Priest, put down your sacrifice,
King, give up your crown tonight,
Prophet, come and see the child,
born to die, to bring you back to life!
Raise your voice with angels sing,
bow before this manger King,
with hope to give and peace to bring,
this changes everything.


Permanent residence: the cd player in our van!
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And Alison... ah, Alison, will you not record a Christmas album? In the meantime, I share this... the bagpipes, the cello, the soft vibrato, the peace...


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Sixpence None the Richer (The Dawn of Grace) My heart is tugged back to this song time and again: The Last Christmas, because of these beautiful words...

See the star shining from above!
Hear the Seraphim singing
Praise to the Giver of life and love;
Maker of beautiful things...

I feel your heart beating
Inside my own skin,
And I think of Mary
In Bethlehem.
When darkness was shattered-
The dawn of God's grace.
And the journey began to
the first Easter day...

Sigh. Hope. Heart skips a beat, and tears drip into the dishwater.
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Panis Angelicus. Lovely to listen to, but to only read the words? Whether Latin or translated to English, they bring me to my knees...

Bread of Angels,
made the bread of men;
The Bread of heaven
puts an end to all symbols:
A thing wonderful!
The Lord becomes our food:
poor, a servant, and humble.
We beseech Thee,
Godhead One in Three
That Thou wilt visit us,
as we worship Thee,
lead us through Thy ways,
We who wish to reach the light
in which Thou dwellest.
Amen.
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His story is so rich, so deep, so vast. So simple.

We are loved.

The End.

8 fellow travelers shared:

mamabear said...

I love worshiping Him through song. It's so powerful for me. Thank you for sharing!

Josh Rosenthal said...

I'm so glad that you enjoy "This Changes Everything"

Deidra said...

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. Is that not what we live each day? What beautiful words and music for each day of this journey closer to Him.

jenny said...

"Panis Angelicus" was sung at my wedding. Have you ever read colonial poet, Edward Taylor's Meditation 8 entitled "I Am the Living Bread"? I can't listen to the former without reading the latter.

Linda said...

Thank you sweet Elise. It is beautiful.

carriebutler said...

Beautiful Elise! Thanks for the list. Also, my friend Erica left you a little prize in the comments on my blog, in case you didn't see, I wanted to make you aware!

spergerswoman said...

I can't believe that Andrew Peterson's entire album hasn't made your list yet. Behold the Lamb is one of the sweetest Advent albums you will ever encounter!

Carrie at dumptrucksandteacups said...

My friend, I just wanted to stop and tell you how much I appreciate you. It is always such a joy to visit you.

Praying for God's sweet blessing on you and your loved ones this new year... may you go deeper and father... may you see Him more...

Sending my love.
Carrie

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