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A Time for Everything

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Eccl. 3:1

After several months of intense activity and 2500 more miles on Trustee Toyota,  we arrived back at The Hollow and I aggresively set out to tackle a personal to-do list; as one can imagine, The Hollow is ever in want of care and upkeep.

The Hollow

We inherited a lovely herb garden when we bought our home 6 years ago. It is often a source of blessing, and less frequently, a curse.  Loads of herbs, fragrances, and enjoyment; but not without regular weeding and transplanting, and battling with the lemon balm which always wants to take over.

The Herb Garden

But today the Lord let me learn and enjoy a little blessing from it.  He gave me Rest.

Rosemary Clippings

These cuttings were leftover from the day I did the dirty, weeding and pruning work.

But the restful part was bundling them up.  Why?

Because, what else can one do while sorting through little sprigs, tossing the bad ones, gathering 12-15 fresh ones together, cutting twine just so, and tying the twine around each little bundles?  Not much, but…

Listen.

I listened to worship music, the birds singing, hummingbirds at our feeders, and other buzzing things.  And I listened to the Holy Spirit, reminding me how much more important my relationship is with Him, than being busy.

Rosemary sprigs, all cozy in the basket

All in all, it was a pretty productive day.

“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength….” Isaiah 30:15 NIV

“God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”  Eccl. 3:11 (NLT)

[Little disclaimer–these photos aren’t from John’s talented eye; instead, my eye and little HTC cellphone are the culprits.]

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen!!

 

I’ve chosen God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen for my Christmas Song and Gift to you!!  Listen to a great version by Mercy Me in the Music Box!

The words of this song are a bit lost in translation for the 21st century.  “Rest” and “Merry” just don’t mean the same thing as they did in the 15th century when it was written.  So, this is not a song about some Merry Gentlemen being commanded to get some rest  🙂 

The phrase, rest you merry loosely means “May God Keep You Merry!”  Additionally, rest, is derived from the Latin meaning, to stand firm, and merry often meant ‘mighty’ (like Robin Hood’s “merry” men). So the song is actually exhorting people to know and proclaim God’s ability to help us Stand Firm and be Mighty for the Lord!   As it says in Romans 16:25:

Now all glory to God, who is able to make you strong, just as my Good News says. This message about Jesus Christ has revealed his plan for you, a plan kept secret from the beginning of time.  (TLB)

 
May you be merry, mighty, assured, and standing firm, knowing that Jesus was born to be your Saviour!   

  

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen 

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

 In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

“Fear not then,” said the Angel,
“Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan’s power and might.”
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind:
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The Son of God to find.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy!

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!

A Psalm for Rebecca

A Psalm for my sister-in-law as she continues her chemo treatment today.  A Psalm, a prayer, a cry…may the Lord encourage her, and you, through His reassurance, mercy, deliverance, protection, compassion, goodness, and very Presence. 

Psalm 116    NIV

1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
       he heard my cry for mercy

   2 Because he turned his ear to me,
       I will call on him as long as I live.

    3 The cords of death entangled me,
       the anguish of the grave came over me;
       I was overcome by distress and sorrow.

    4 Then I called on the name of the LORD:
       “LORD, save me!”

    5 The LORD is gracious and righteous;
       our God is full of compassion.

    6 The LORD protects the unwary;
       when I was brought low, he saved me.

    7 Return to your rest, my soul,
       for the LORD has been good to you.

    8 For you, LORD, have delivered me from death,
      
my eyes from tears,
       my feet from stumbling,

    9 that I may walk before the LORD
       in the land of the living.

    10 I trusted in the LORD when I said,
       “I am greatly afflicted”;

    11 in my alarm I said,
       “Everyone is a liar.”

    12 What shall I return to the LORD
       for all his goodness to me?

    13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
       and call on the name of the LORD.

    14 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD
       in the presence of all his people.

    15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
       is the death of those faithful to him.

    16 Truly I am your servant, LORD;
       I am your servant, as was my mother before me;
       you have loosed my bonds of affliction.

    17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
       and call on the name of the LORD.

    18 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD
       in the presence of all his people,

    19 in the courts of the house of the LORD—
       in your midst, Jerusalem.
       Praise the LORD.

Psalm 23 – Eden’s Bridge

I just added another version of Psalm 23 to my Blue Music Box.  This one is by Eden’s Bridge, a Christian Celtic group which has recorded numerous mellow and melodic worship songs, hymns, lullabies, and psalms.  Please listen and rest in the Lord, our loving Shepherd.

All of Eden’s Bridge’s CDs are available at amazon.com.

Be still

If only I could…. be still.  I’m away again for a week. Preparations, family concerns, and the cares of this world swirl about.  My head and files are full of drafts, recommendations for reading, more songs to share, and such.. .

How to be still, to “labour to enter into His rest”, is a dilemma with which I’m grappling.  Hectic world, busy lives, schedules, calendars, ever-present cell phones: all seek to rob us of entering into His rest.  But if possible, meditate and listen to this peaceful song, by worship leader, Sherri Youngward, called…..Peace.  I just uploaded it to the Music Box.   Blessings…

PEACE

Peace, be still

Lay all your worries down

Be still, oh my soul

For our God is in control

And if God is for us

Then whom shall I fear?

And our God is for us

So lay down, be still

He is God.

Hallelujah, our God has overcome

Hallelujah, our Lord Jesus Christ

Has won

Be still, my soul

He is God.

 

From her album, Faces, Memories, Places.  You can learn more about Sherri and find more of her music at her website, Sherri Youngward.

 

Resting in Jesus

Time to relax, rest, and be refreshed.   I could share more about issues, concerns, and on being strangers in this world—but I don’t want to stray from the primary purpose of this blog, to minister Grace to the hearers!   The following is a beautiful hymn recorded in A.W. Tozer’s book, The Christian Book of Mystical Verse, and speaks for itself:

 

Jesus, I am Resting, Resting

Jesus, I am resting, resting in the joy of what Thou art,

I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart.

Hear I gaze and gaze upon Thee, as Thy beauty fills my soul,

For by Thy transforming power, Thou hast made me whole.

O how great Thy loving kindness, vaster broader than the sea;

O how marvellous Thy goodness lavished all on me

Yes, I rest in Thee, Beloved, know what wealth of grace is Thine,

Know Thy certainty of promise, and have made it mine,

Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, I behold Thee as Thou art,

And Thy love, so pure, so changeless, satisfies my heart,

Satisfies its deepest longing, meets, supplies my every need,

Compasseth me round with blessings: Thine is love indeed.

Ever lift Thy face upon me as I work and wait for Thee;

Resting ‘neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus, earth’s dark shadows flee.

Brightness of my Father’s glory, sunshine of my Father’s face,

Let Thy glory e’er shine on me, fill me with Thy grace.

by Jean Sophia Pigott, 19th c.