Mississippi Delta Christmas

December 25, 2015

Luke 2:13-14 (NIV)

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.

By Jill Woodliff

‘Emmanuel’ the organ pipes blare.
‘God is love’ is in the air.
The lakes resound God’s good news
As words of praise fill the pews.
Swamps and rivers clap their hand,
In homage to God o’ our land.
Sycamores raise high their arms
As songs of joy fill the farms.
Pine needles join in the dance
As angels ‘cross their boughs do prance.

Glory to God in underground cisterns,
Glory to God in rows and furrows,
Glory to God in cumulus and cirrus,
Glory to God in tractors and harrows,
Glory to God, O Delta land.

Time, and times, and half a time
Gloria Deus rightly chime,
Glory today, Glory tomorrow,
Glory, O ancient days of sorrow,
Christ has come to save!

At Chimham’s Inn in Bethlehem

December 24, 2015

Genesis 8:1
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.

Darkness reigned in Palestine.
Souls were wild and fearful.
Herod ruled in Palestine
(Terrorized and tearful).

Caesar ordered through the land
Registration for each man.
David’s lineage to uphold,
Joseph walked toward the untold.

Displaced, weary, tremulous,
Mary carried Jesus mild,
In her womb an unborn child–
Holiness and tenderness.

Rachel’s tomb brought mem’ries fresh
Of Mary’s womb of fragile flesh.
Joseph sought a refuge stay
Like David asked of Barzillai.

As Noah’s ark upon the flood,
The stable rose above the press.
The animals beheld a birth
And Hope was placed in courteous creche.

Multitudes of heavenly hosts,
To David’s son, the newborn king,
“Glory to God Most High!
Peace, good will towards men!” did sing.

Star and rainbow, cov’nants new,
Heavenly portents, angels too,
Give honor, glory, blessing true,
To Him to whom all praise is due.

By Jill Woodliff

Note on the title:  In 2 Samuel 19, King David wants to reward Barzillai the Gileadite for providing the king with food while he was in exile during Absalom’s revolt. David offers to include Barzillai in his court in Jerusalem. Barzillai declines because of his great age, but sends Chimham in his stead.

On his deathbed, David instructs Solomon to show kindness to the sons of Barzillai (1 Kings 2:7).  Four centuries later, reference is made to Chimham’s lodging place in Bethlehem (Jeremiah 41:17).  It has been supposed that, considering the stationary character of Eastern institutions, it was in the stable of this inn that Jesus was born.

Electromagnetic jubilation

December 24, 2014

2 Corinthians 4:6 (CJB)
For it is the God who once said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has made his light shine in our hearts, the light of the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of the Messiah Yeshua.

Rejoice, stationary charges and moving charges!
He is loved in the manger and loved before the foundation of the world.
He is loved and He is Love.

Rejoice, waves and quanta!
There is no mean eclipse, no shadow of turning in God-turned-man.
The Bright Morning Star makes day dawn upon us!

Rejoice, static fields and oscillations!
Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb of God, the descendant of David and the Son of God.

Rejoice, electromagnetic field–continuous, yet discrete!
Rejoice in the good and perfect gift from above. Rejoice in Jesus.

Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. Amen.

Luke 2:13-14, Ephesians 5:14, James 1:17

10 years of Advent compilations and indexes!!

November 1, 2014

Advent 2004 Index  there are some broken links** [see note below]

Advent 2005 Index  there are some broken links**

Advent 2006 Index  there are some broken links**

Advent Index: 2008

Advent 2009 – 2012 Index

Advent 2013 – INDEX    (Also see our  Advent 2013 menu)

Advent 2014 – INDEX


Links to BROWSE all posts in a given year

Advent 2007 Postings  (tag) – little Advent blogging

Advent 2008 Postings (tag)

Advent  & Christmas 2009 (tag) – little Advent blogging

Advent & Christmas 2010 (tag) – very little Advent blogging, but some Christmas posts

Advent & Christmas 2011 (tag) – little Advent, some Christmas

Advent & Christmas 2012 (tag)  – only a few posts

Advent 2013 (tag)

Advent 2014 (tag)


Note:  Due to domain issues, it is unfortunately impossible to directly access our old blog ( http://lent.classicalanglican.net ) which has 200+ Advent entries which we posted in 2004 – 2006.  However, we have worked to track down archived versions of many of the entries, which are linked in the indexes from 2004 – 2006.  Sometimes those archive links go bad, however.  Should you have trouble finding a specific post in the archives, please leave a comment.  We may be able to help. (We have text versions saved in Word of almost all of our Advent entries from those years which we managed to rescue.)

You may find it works to browse the calendar feature in the archived version of our old blog at the Internet Archive site.

For instance to browse the entries from December 2004, enter this URL in the search box at the Arhive site:  http://lent.classicalanglican.net/?m=200412 and then click on one of the archived versions of that page.  Often the calendar links in the sidebar for various dates will be working.

For December 2005:  http://lent.classicalanglican.net/?m=200512

For December 2006:  http://lent.classicalanglican.net/?m=200612

Advent & Christmas Index 2009 – 2012

November 1, 2014

These were years with little special Advent blogging here, so I’m creating one combined index.  Almost all these entries were posted by Jill Woodliff, and the focus was on Christmas hymns & poetry.


Advent Devotionals:

The stones on the road to Bethlehem, an Advent poem by Jill Woodliff


Advent Resources:


Christmas Posts (Prayers, Hymns & Poems):


January 3, 2014

Rabmag is a Babylonian title–chief or head of the magi, or wise men.

Jeremiah 39:13 (NKJV)
So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard sent Nebushasban, Rabsaris, Nergal-Sharezer, Rabmag, and all the king of Babylon’s chief officers;

After Daniel interpreted the king’s dreams, Nebuchadnezzar promoted Daniel.

Daniel 2:48 (NKJV)
Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts; and he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief administrator over all the wise men of Babylon.

The ancient Chaldeans studied the heavens. Daniel, as the Rabmag, most likely taught his students of the heavens about the coming King of the Jews.

Numbers 24:17-19 (NKJV)
“I see Him, but not now;
I behold Him, but not near;
A Star shall come out of Jacob;
A Scepter shall rise out of Israel . . .
While Israel does valiantly.
Out of Jacob One shall have dominion . . .”

We thank You, Father, for the star that shone on the stable in Bethlehem, for the spiritual authority of Christ Jesus, and for the establishment of His kingdom on earth. Amen.


January 2, 2014

During the past twenty years Bethlehem has gone from being a nominally Christian Arab town to having a Muslim majority, with much Islamist persecution and harassment of the Christians. Many Christians have left.
The name Benjamin means son of my right hand.

Micah 5:2-5a (ESV)
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days. . . .
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
And he shall be their peace.

Our Heavenly Father,
Benjamin was born, and Rachel died on the way to Bethlehem. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and the holy innocents died at the hand of Herod.
We thank You that Jesus has conquered death and is now seated at Your right hand. Bethlehem means house of bread, and Jesus is the Bread of Life.
We pray that Jesus will be born in the hearts of the Muslims in Bethlehem. May they recognize a holy difference in their Christian neighbors and be drawn to the Light. May signs and wonders follow the testimony of Jesus. May Muslims in Bethlehem encounter Jesus in dreams and visions.
May Bethlehem become a house of life. We bless the land of Bethlehem. We bless the residents of Bethlehem. We bless the government of Bethlehem. Amen.

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