Miracles at the Birth of Christ

January 2, 2011

By Isaac Watts, 1674-1748

The King of Glory sends his Son
To make his entrance on this earth;
Behold the midnight bright as noon,
And heav’nly hosts declare his birth!

About the young Redeemer’s head
What wonders and what glories meet!
An unknown star arose, and led
The eastern sages to his feet.

Simeon and Anna both conspire
The infant Savior to proclaim;
Inward they felt the sacred fire,
And blessed the Babe, and owned his name.

Let Jews and Greeks blaspheme aloud,
And treat the holy Child with scorn;
Our souls adore th’ eternal God,
Who condescended to be born.


Dew

January 2, 2011

Dew is mentioned in the OT, but not the NT. In these readings, dew is a blessing, its absence a curse. In the Song of Solomon the dew fills the head of the male lover:

Song of Solomon 5:2 (Young’s Literal Translation)
I am sleeping, but my heart waketh: The sound of my beloved knocking! `Open to me, my sister, my friend, My dove, my perfect one, For my head is filled [with] dew, My locks [with] drops of the night.’

The dew dropped on the insane Nebuchadnezzar is enigmatic. In the context of the whole canon, I presume the dew dropped on Nebuchadnezzar was a blessing as well. He did recover from his insanity. Why particular ranks of angels, working together, are involved, I cannot say.–JW

–Isaac’s blessing of Jacob (Gen 27)
–With the manna from heaven (Ex 16, Num 11)
–Song of Moses (Deu 32)
–Jacob’s blessing of Joseph (Deu 33)
–Gideon puts out a fleece (Jud 6)
–David curses the mountains of Gilboa on the death of Saul and Jonathan (2 Samuel 1)
–Absalom plots the overthrow of David (2 Samuel 17)
–Elijah curses Israel (1 Kings 17)
–Job laments his past prosperity (Job 29)
–Jehovah challenges Job (Job 38)
–Messianic psalm (Ps 110)
–Song on unity of the saints (Ps 133)
–God’s wisdom (Pr 3)
–The king’s favor (Pr 19)
–The male lover’s head (SoS 5)
–The Lord’s rest (Is 18)
–A millenial song of the resurrection of the just (Is 26)
–A watcher and a holy one drop dew on the insane Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 4)
–God upbraids Ephraim and Judah’s lack of steadfastness (Hos 6,13)
–God’s blessing of Israel on repentance (Hos 14)
–Israel’s blessing to the people (Micah 5)
–God’s judgment against Judah (Hag 1)

El Elyon, God Most High,
We honor and glorify You who lives forever. Your dominion is an eternal dominion; Your kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. You do as You please with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back Your hand or say to You: “What have You done?”
We don’t understand why some people are afflicted with neurologic and psychiatric diseases and some are not. We rend our hearts before You. We have perpetuated many iniquities and broken covenants. We have broken Your holy laws, and there is no health in us
Have mercy, Lord. Have mercy. You are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Take pity and relent from sending calamity upon those who suffer from neurologic and psychiatric disease.
Do not make Your inheritance an object of scorn. Spare Your children.
We humbly ask You to commission Your watchers and Your holy ones to spread the dew of Your heavenly blessing over Joseph, Sally, Chris, Lauren, Gaenor, Mark, Samuel, Erin, Isabella, Christy, Nick, Alan, David, John, Brian, LaTosha, Danny, Jared, and Jonathan. Amen.


Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19

January 2, 2011

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: (Ephesians 1:1)
      Thank you, Lord, for those who are faithful in this diocese.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:2)
      Thank you, FAther and Jesus Christ your son, for the grace and peace you have given us.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3)
      Father, thank you for all your blessings that youhave poured out on us in you son Jesus.

just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love, (Ephesians 1:4)
      Father, thank you for your claim on our lives, and thank you for calling us to a life of holiness. Please help us answer your call.

having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, (Ephesians 1:5)
      Father, thank you for the Spirit of adoption you have given us. (See Romans 8:15)

to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
      Jesus, please help us praise you and your father (and ours) for the glory of your grace. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit on us to lead us in this new life in you.

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, (Ephesians 1:15)
      Holy Spirit, let our faith in Jesus be evident to all who see us and hear about us.

do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: (Ephesians 1:16)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily intercede for one another.

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, (Ephesians 1:17)
      Holy Father, please give us your Spirit of wisdom and revelation as we come to know you and your love for us.

the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:18 )
      Jesus, please open our eyes to understand the hope of our calling and the riches of your glory that you have given us as an inheritance to the saints.

and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power (Ephesians 1:19)
      Jesus, please help us believe according to the works of your mighty power so that we may receive all that you have for us. Thank you.

Second Sunday after Christmas: 66, 67 * 145; Ecclus. 3:3-9, 14-17; 1 John 2:12-17; John 6:41-47
      HC: Second Sunday after Christmas: 84 or 84:1-8; Jeremiah 31:7-14; Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a; Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 or Luke 2:41-52 or Matthew 2:1-12
Jan. 2:: 34 * 33; Gen. 12:1-7; Heb. 11:1-12; John 6:35-42, 48-51
Jan. 3: 68 * 72; Gen. 28:10-22; Heb. 11:13-22; John 10:7-17

Albany Intercessor


Rare earth metals

January 2, 2011

China’s commerce ministry announced on Tuesday that export quotas for all rare earth metals will be 35 percent lower in the early months of next year than in the first half of this year. China mines 99 percent of the global supply of heavy rare earths: dysprosium, terbium and europium. According to a new United States Energy Department report, the most important of these for clean energy is dysprosium. Its price is now $132 a pound, compared with $6.50 a pound in 2003.

Proverbs 25:2 (Amplified Bible)
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a thing.

Our Father in heaven,
You are the Creator of heaven and earth, of matter and motion, of light and sound. We cry out for the prospering of those technologies used to bring Your kingdom on earth. If those technologies are adversely affected by the reduced supply of rare metals, open the eyes of the miners to uncover other sources of these metals–new mines or new technologies to bring more productivity to old mines. Open the eyes of the scientists to uncover alternative sources. Open the eyes of the intercessors to pray. Amen.


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