"Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" 12-6-2019
I grew up in the Methodist Church tradition, founded by the Wesley brothers, John and Charles, while students at Oxford, England. They established The Holy Club, and their teaching was methodical. John (1703-1791) was a Preacher, and Charles (1707-1788), a Musician, and we sang many of his hymns in our local church services in Virginia in the 1950's. One we sang at Christmas time was an appeal for Jesus to return, and raise us to Heaven! There are many people today who would pray that same thing:
"Come, thou long-expected Jesus Born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us; Let us find our rest in thee.
Israel's strength and consolation, Hope of all the earth thou art;
Dear desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart.
Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever, Now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal Spirit, Rule in all our hearts alone;
By thine all sufficient merit, Raise us to thy glorious throne."
Do we long for Jesus to return to Earth and set things right, like our children, who look for Santa to bring presents that delight? May we all anticipate Jesus' arrival with Joy and Love and Peace on Earth this year!
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Love In His Grace, Anne S. Grace Gift of Grace Ministries email@example.com
"For by grace you have been saved...it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).