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December 21st, 1620 is a date that holds great significance to Americans!?
The 21st of this week in 1807 marks the death of John Newton, the man who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace". John had been a hard-living man who indeed recognized the inestimable scope of God's grace.
Also this week in 1576, a prominent church leader protests the Queen's decree that his ministers sermons are too frequent . . .
. . . and far too many examples of people killing other people in the name of Christ - what is it about the Angel's Message that was missed back then and that we still we don't get today "peace on earth, goodwill toward men"?
And on Christmas Eve in 1818, Hans Gruber composes one of my all-time favorite Christmas hymns in St. Nicholas Church of Oberndorf, Austria - "Silent Night".
"Silent night, Holy night, Son of GOD!
Loves pure light radiant beams from thy Holy face,
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth".
What powerful imagery Gruber projects in that verse!
And much more about the "unstraight" road to our present day faith base.
I get too wordy here maybe, but when I look at the "unstraight" road that marks the progression of the Christian faith through the ages and how the Living Word still moves and works in the lives of people today, it shows me that the work of the Almighty God has much more to do with His plans and power than it has to do with our feeble and often misguided efforts.
Yet, he welcomes our response and participation in His work! What a God we serve!
Have a Blessed Christmas, everyone!
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root". Henry D. Thoreau.