NCFI Cares: Share A Christmas Hymn

As a young girl, I remember memorizing Silent Night, O’ Little Town of Bethlehem, and The Little Drummer Boy, yet not really paying attention to the lyrics. I would sing the songs in school pageants and throughout out the holiday season. The hymns were really no different than other Santa Claus based children songs, until I became a Christian as an adult. Then, I was amazed at the rich spiritual truth seemingly hidden, yet obvious in Christmas hymns.

My purpose in sharing my story is to encourage you to share the richness of Christmas music with your staff, patients, and friends. Even if O Come, O Come Emmanuel is played amidst Jingle Bells, the amazing truth of our Savior’s birth is announced in the mall, on the radio, and throughout the listening public. People who would never open a Bible, talk about God, nor attend church will worship God while singing Gloria in Excelsis Deo. Also, take a moment this Christmas season to praise the Divine during O’ Holy Night or meditate upon the rich spiritual truth found in Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Merry Christmas from NCFI Cares!cf2e1-ncficares_3bloglogo

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NCFI Cares: Christmas WOW!

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Every Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. A lowly infant born amidst a chaotic world to bring salvation to humanity. The life-changing miracle that is veiled behind the simplicity and monotony of a child’s birth is an amazing WOW for humanity. God became flesh on Christmas Eve (John 1:14). WOW! The omnipotent, omnipresence, and omniscient God (all powerful, all present, and all knowing) became Jesus Christ, the fully human and fully divine. Double WOW!

As I reflect on the cataclysmic miracle of the “I AM” existing as a human to display divine love for you and for me, I want to fall on my knees in holy worship.

“Fall on your knees

O hear the angels’ voices

O night divine

O night when Christ was born”

 (O Holy Night)

This truth is intensely theological, yet it is this mystery that is the real Christmas WOW and makes all our other WOW’s possible.

As you make last minute preparations for Christmas, look to experience your Christmas WOW. Do you find it in the innocent joy of children, the loving embrace of friends and family, is it  the extended heart to the suffering under your nursing care, or is it the quietness of the night as you ponder the night divine?

Merry Christmas from NCFI!

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NCFI Cares: Christmas Angels

This is a little late to hit the blog, but I struggled with the formatting. I sent it out to email recipients as an audio file and then posted on Facebook as a video. Since my WordPress blog plan is basic, thus I couldn’t post either. So, here is the text–Merry Christmas!

One of the many amazements of the Nativity story is the angels’ announcement to the shepherds in Luke 2:9-15. I have taken creative license in imagining how the scene unfolded:

Heaven is buzzing with excitement. It is about to occur. Jesus will become human. Even though the angels are informed of this great mystery and the significance of salvation, they are filled with wonder and anticipation.

“How long does it take for a little human to be born?” one angel asks another. “Why can’t God just make one, like Adam and Eve?”

“I can’t wait” says another. “There hasn’t been this much heavenly excitement since the creation of the Heavens and Earth and the miracles in Egypt.”

“Wait!” says a third angel. “What if the humans miss it? The wise men are on their way, but what if they are the only ones who come to see this miraculous event?”

“I am sure there will be other people who will come and worship the Son,” responds another angel.  “After all, God has given them many signs of what to look for”

A shout arises from the angels, “It is time! Mary is giving birth!”  An overzealous angel, unable to contain his excitement, bolts to earth. The angel finds himself hovering over shepherds in the field and at a loss of what to say or do. Uh, oh! The angel thinks, I have messed up!

Looking for a clue of what to do next, the angel notices the fear on the shepherds face.

“Don’t be afraid!” the angel nervously says. Trying his best to reassure the terrified shepherds. “Listen carefully” says the angel. His confidence is building and the words are flowing. Thank you God, I know what to say! So with renewed confidence, the angel continues.  “For I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord.”

“This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” The angel notices the sky is suddenly filled with other angels and together they rejoice:  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!”

The angel returns to heaven feeling assured knowing that all of earth, throughout eternity will know the significance of the Son’s birth!