In Bethlehem, long before …

A stranger poor, she could but glean,
on charity dependent,
her faithful kindness had been seen,
received reward abundant:
the master and his men made sure
she had their full protection,
on purpose left her gleanings more,
and shared their lunch provision.

This was in Bethlehem, long ago,
where faith in God had waned,
but Ruth, from Moab, came to know
Him, and his blessings gained.
That girl the godly master wed –
what joy at Obed’s birth,
and his descendant, far ahead
would be Christ, come to earth.
Tune; CMD
from the book of Ruth in the Bible

What do you want most this Christmas?

He offers what we need the most –
sent Jesus here to bear the cost.
He gives us new desires for things
his love and grace in Jesus brings.

So do you want what is the best,
the damaging desires lost?
Those things which we enjoyed at first
were soon disclosed as really worst.

The ways of God are sometimes hard,
and joy for now is sometimes marred
by troubles, yet faith knows support
and in your heart his joy is wrought.

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‘The true light which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world’ John 1:9

“Let there be light!” He said, and so
into the dark light shone.
Now he’ll illuminate our hearts
– dark ignorance then gone.

He came into the world as man
to teach, display and save –
from Bethlehem to Calvary
then rose up from the grave.

Creating light, creating stars,
and nebulae immense.
He knows all truth, and thus can give
real insight, life makes sense.

And all his words recorded are
a torch, a lamp to guide,
to counter lies that trip, entrap:
we can in joy abide.

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