Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:00 pm Post subject: CHRISTMAS CAROL STORIES
CHRISTMAS CAROL STORIES
How can a broken organ bring about a Christmas carol that
has beeen sung for years? Well, it was Christmas morning
and Father Joseph Mohr just didn't know what he was
going to do for the Christmas service. At the last minute
he sat down and wrote the words to this carol. Then he
gave them to the organist, he wrote the music, and that
evening the carol was sung as a duet with a guitar
accompament. How many ways has SILENT NIGHT been sung?
Thousands of Children's Choirs and congregations have been
blessed because of a broken organ carol.
Doesn't God always get it done!?
How could a man who never saw his parents after he was just
a small child write a Christmas carol? His parents felt call
to the mission field and left him with friends. They were killed
while serving the Lord. John Montgomery ran away from the
place he was suppose to stay and began to search to find where
he could serve the Lord. He loved to write and so he went to
work for a newspaper and begame highly successful. His hobby was writing poems. One Christmas even he was reading the story about the birth of Christ and when he came to Luke 2:13 he stopped. Soon he had written ANGELS FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY. Out of a sorrowful life Christ still spoke through him to us and HE will us.
All of her life she directed Children's Choirs and taught
Children's Sunday School classes. But, she wanted the children
to see more than just Jesus' birth on Christmas. So, she wrote,
THOU DIDST LEAVE THY THRONE. Look at verse one and two
which came from Luke 2:7. Now, look at verse four about the
death of Christ ending with the invitation for Jesus to come for
"There is room in my heart for thee". The the last verse sings
praise for Christ, "coming in victory" Christ gives a response, "Yet
there is room, There is room at My side for thee." Then our
response, "My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus, when Thou comest
and callest for me!" Have you opened your heart to Jesus and told
him, "There is room in my heart for thee"?
How in the world can a Christmas carol come from the heart of a
husband and father that has suffered greatly. First, his wife is
killed when her dress catches on fire by the fire place and she dies.
Then, the Civil War begins, hatred and anger abounds, and his 17
year old son goes into the war. He is shot in the the shoulder
almost hitting his spin. Week after week, his father stays by his
bed side and serves him as he recovers. On Christmas day, with the
war in mind, Henry Wadsworth writes, I HEARD THE BELLS ON
CHRISTMAS DAY. Look at the third verse and feel the pain and
agony. But then, read the fourth verse and see how he recognized
God's great power. No matter what we have been through, can't we
do the same?
It is amazing how God brings people together to bless so many
other people! One was a little known preacher who was in poverty
all his life and died in a debtors instution. The other was a well
known musician who also had problems financially. Almost
everyone will recognize his name. If I said, THE MESSIAH,
everyone would know the writter and composer, George Fredrick
Handle. Yes! But, if I said, Naham Tate, would you know him?
No, but he wrote the words to WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCH THEIR
FLOCKS. God brought them together and George wrote the music.
George also wrote the music for one of the best known carols, JOY
TO THE WORLD. It was written by Isaac Watts whose hymns
reflected a Psalm and this one was influence by Psalm 98.
What do the scriptures motivate you to do? Don't keep your eyes on
the tough things of life, but on God almighty through praise!
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