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First Full Day

The sun peaked out today, but didn’t stick around very long. The day never really warmed up, so it was a sleep late, run a couple of errands, take a couple of snoozes kind of day. I must say – quite a lovely way to start our Beach Therapy!

For today’s Christmas song I’m sticking with the Gettys (because really, how can you go wrong with them?). This is new arrangement of an old English Carol (original poem published in 1872).

In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter,
frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron,
water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold Him,
nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away
when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
for the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ

Chorus
Gloria, Gloria! Now my eyes have seen;
Soli Deo Gloria! He salvation brings.
As the Lord has promised, I may go in peace.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man I would do my part.
Yet what I can, I give him:
give my heart. (Chorus)

Our Beach Therapy Christmas Begins

We’ve made it to our little Christmas condo and are settling in. Today was chilly and cloudy so there was no urge to roam the beach just yet!
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But we’re looking forward to a couple of weeks of no alarms and no agendas and probably too many calories! We’ll be missing the kids and the grands, but this seemed like a wise decision for this year.
I thought this week it might be fun to share some of my favorite Christmas songs. Maybe they’ll be new to you – some were new to me too! This one is new to all of us this year!

Brightest and Best

Hail blessed morn, see the great Mediator
Down from the regions of glory descend
Shepherds go worship the babe in a manger
Lo! For a guard the bright angels attend

Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion
Fragrance of Edom and off’rings divine?
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean
Myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?

Brightest and best of sons of the morning
Dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid
Star in the East, the horizon adorning
Guide where our infant Redeemer was laid

Vainly we offer each ample oblation
Vainly with gifts would His favor secure
Richer by far is the heart’s adoration
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor

Brightest and best of sons of the morning
Dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid
Star in the East, the horizon adorning
Guide where our infant Redeemer was laid

Cold on His cradle the dewdrops were shining
Low lies His bed with the beasts of the stall
Angels adore Him, in slumbers reclining
Wise men and shepherds before Him do fall
Wise men and shepherds before Him do fall

Brightest and best of sons of the morning
Dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid
Star in the East, the horizon adorning
Guide where our infant Redeemer was laid

Brightest and best of sons of the morning
Dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid
Star in the East, the horizon adorning
Guide where our infant Redeemer was laid
Guide where our infant Redeemer was laid

Traditional – Written by Reginald Heber
Arranged by Keith Getty, Ben Shive and Fionán de Barra
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