Christmas Carol Countdown | No.2 – Immanuel

Today’s devotional is by Alison Kernohan.
 
"‘Immanuel’, written by Michael Card, is packed with powerful reminders of biblical truth that can challenge, comfort and encourage us.
 
It begins with the prophecy that we read in Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
Throughout the song we are reminded, “Immanuel, Our God is with us, and if God is with us, who could stand against us”, which are words found in Romans 8:31. If we pause and fully absorb the meaning of what we are singing, it gives great comfort to know that - if we have accepted God as our Lord and Saviour - God is with us, He is on our side, no matter what we face or who we come up against.
 

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Christmas Carol Countdown | No.3 – No.3 – Joy to the World

Today’s devotional is by Bethany Pierce.

'“Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Let earth receive her King.” These words echo throughout churches and beyond during the advent season.
 
This well-known carol was written by Isaac Watts. It is based on Psalm 98, which is all about singing to the Lord because He has done marvellous things for us. Therefore, our response is to be one of joy.
 

Christmas Carol Countdown | No.4 – Carol of the Bells

Today’s devotional is by Amy Johnston.

"The Carol of the bells is a well-known and much loved piece of music (particularly famous for featuring in the classic Christmas movie, ‘Home Alone’). The carol is based upon the original Ukrainian folk chant, ‘Shchedryk’, and the lyrics were written by Peter J. Wilhousky in 1936.
 
The lyrics of the song are all about the arrival of Christmas and the bringing of good cheer to ‘young and old, meek and bold’. Despite its haunting sound, this song reminds us of the joy of spending time with loved ones and celebrating together at the end of a hard year. Christmas is meant to be a time of glad-tidings and cheer for all. Of course, as Christians, we know that our joy is not reserved to one day of the year but rather that we celebrate Jesus Christ all year round and rejoice in the hope that is found in Him.
 

Christmas Carol Countdown | No.5 – See Amid the Winter’s Snow

Today’s devotional is by Becky Watson

"Only a short time ago, the world seemed to come to a sudden stop as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed from this life into eternity. This was followed by days of national mourning, many historical ceremonies and pronouncements, and a poignant state funeral.
 
In a few months’ time, the new King – King Charles III – will be crowned, and undoubtedly the pomp and pageantry will be a spectacle producing awe and celebration. For millennia, royalty and key political figures across the world have displayed their prominence, power and wealth, for better or worse, in the most extravagant of ways – expensive vehicles, the finest clothes and uniforms, the biggest buildings and major public events.

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Christmas Carol Countdown | No.6 – Mary, Did You Know?

Today’s devotional is by Lucy McAllister.

"‘Mary, Did You Know?’ is a well-known Christmas song written by Mark Lowry in 1984. The song came to him while he was working on a Christmas program. He remembered a conversation he had with his mother about Jesus' birth, when she said, "If anyone on earth knew for sure that Jesus was virgin born - Mary knew!" Mark then spent the next seven years tweaking his lyrics and thinking about what he would have asked Mary if he had met her.
 

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