I’ve got the dentist this morning, affectionately known to his patients as “Vlad the Impaler,” my state’s new Democrat governor has announced his plan to turn this into a “super-sanctuary state” for all illegal aliens, and a happy hunting ground for their street gangs, and then I received some very sad news from a friend–all in all, Erlene’s suggested hymn for the day, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, could hardly come at a better time. This one’s sung by Alan Jackson.
All right, Christmas is over, let’s get back to everyday hymns and worship songs. We’re taking requests every day.
Requested by Erlene: this is I Surrender All (All to Jesus), performed by Casting Crowns.
The Baby is out of the manger and working in the world.
“Thewhiterabbit” asked for this–and why not? I Wonder as I Wander, performed by the Cambridge Singers. Really quite beautiful.
Remember, everybody, we take hymn requests. So if there’s a hymn you’d like to see posted on this blog, just let us know.
Susan didn’t believe me when I said I was done posting Christmas songs–oh, well, I’m afraid nobody believes me. She asked for this one, so here it is: Glorious, by For King and Country. I just can’t say no to hymn requests.
Susan asked for this one, from For King and Country–Shoulders: that is, Christ carries us and all our hurts and all our hopes upon His shoulders. Surely He hath borne our griefs, as Isaiah said. He carries it all.
“Thewhiterabbit” has been asking for more Christmas music, and as I was reading his message, Patty discovered this medieval carol on youtube–Gaudete, performed by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, complete with medieval drum.
This is one mighty rousing Christmas carol. Turn up the volume and see if you can stay in your chair.
“Thewhiterabbit” has reminded us that today is Epiphany, the 12th Day of Christmas: and what could be more suitable to the occasion than We Three Kings?
Actually, the Bible (in Matthew Chapter 2) never calls them kings, but only “wise men from the East.” Then again, they bring gifts fit for a king, and not easily obtainable on a wise man’s salary–gold and frankincense, and myrrh. So maybe the tradition’s not far off the mark.
I love this rendition of the carol by Hugh Jackman, David Hodson, and Peter Cousen, from a Christmas special on Australian TV. They put their hearts into it, and it’s heartening to know that some of our entertainers, at least, love to praise the Lord Our God.
A lot of you wanted to see and hear this again, and so did I: so here are the U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton singing Days of Elijah. And as great as this song of praise is, it’s even better with a few lusty “Oo-rahs!” thrown in. Turn up the volume!
It brings to mind a little poem:
Whatever happens, we have got
The U.S. Marines… and they have not!
If your strength is in the Lord, your strength is strength indeed.
Phoebe has requested The Boar’s Head Carol, sung by the Robert Shaw Chorale. This English Christmas carol goes back at least to the 15th century and very probably earlier. It early became associated with St. Stephen’s Day, Dec. 26.
Not that I’m going to say “No!” if you come along tomorrow with a request for a Christmas hymn; but I won’t be asking for anymore requests until this year’s Christmas season. Meanwhile, I pray that the Lord Our God will grant this past Christmas extraordinary power, all throughout the year, to draw men’s hearts to Jesus Christ, our rightful king and only Savior, Amen.
So enjoy this curtain call for Gesu Bambino, by the unforgettable Luciano Pavarotti. I don’t know about you, but this hymn movies me to tears every time.