Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 12


And the Word became flesh


Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  (John 14:27)


“Bombs have kill-radiuses; churches should have love-radiuses–anyone within twenty miles of a church should know it.”  (Tyler Edwards)


Here, without much lead-in, is a pleasant recording by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir — accompanied by a video depicting events from the life of Christ — of Mack Wilberg’s sweetly beautiful arrangement of the carol “What shall we give him.”   Really.  Listen to this:


What shall we give to the babe in the manger,
What shall we offer the child in the stall?
Incense and spices and gold we’ve a-plenty-
Are these the gifts for the king of us all?

What shall we give to the boy in the temple,
What shall we offer the man by the sea?
Palms at his feet and hosannas uprising;
Are these for him who will carry the tree?

What shall we give to the lamb who was offered,
Rising the third day and shedding his love?
Tears for his mercy we’ll weep at the manger,
Bathing the infant come down from above.



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