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PASTOR'S CORNER - DECEMBER 2017

posted Dec 2, 2017, 7:47 AM by Linda Dickinson

Dear Elmwood Family and Friends,

The words of the lovely Christmas carol “What Child is This?” have been in my thoughts lately.  I did some research and found that William C. Dix, an English business man, had been critically ill in 1865 and during his sickness and recovery he had a powerful spiritual awakening.  Out of his new born faith he wrote a poem “The Manger Throne” from which this carol is taken. Set to the tune of Greensleeves it quickly became a favorite, especially here in the U.S.  Following the Civil War, this carol spoke to the deep pain of our war torn nation. The carol boldly asks us to consider this Boy-child whom angels greet and shepherds seek.  Why is this king found in such a mean estate?  Why is He found where cattle are feeding?

The carol invites us to recognize Jesus as the King of kings who brings salvation to us sinners and to actually enthrone Him in our hearts.  When, like Dix, we choose to “own Him”, we find the same compelling grace flooding our lives, causing us to boldly proclaim that this Jesus is truly Christ the King; whom shepherds guard and angels sing.  With them, once again this Christmas, let us make haste, haste to bring Him laud, praise Him forever more, this Jesus, The Babe, the son of Mary.

A very blessed and joyous Christmas to all,

Pastor Fred and Kai
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