Sunday, January 3, 2016

My Christmas Sword

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I was pretty surprised to receive a 47-inch broadsword for Christmas. I absolutely love it, of course, but I wondered why my wife would give me such an impractical gift. I mean, it's a pretty cool butter knife, but I can't really take it out of the house.

When I asked her later why she gave me the sword, I didn't expect her answer. "You're a warrior," she said. "You need a weapon."

As you can well imagine, that made me feel a little dangerous. I am not entirely sure why I like feeling dangerous, but John Eldredge does.

My wife recently read Wild at Heart by Eldredge. And she got me a copy of it to read too. (It's in the queue. The short one.) I am eager to find out why I like feeling dangerous.

Maybe my wife actually needs me for something. Maybe I might actually be useful to her. Maybe she wants a warrior to be near her.

The notion means a lot to me. It makes me want to be even more useful, to try harder to shield and defend and protect, if only spiritually or even symbolically.

My wife knighted me. And that really means a lot.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Earthly Father of the Creator

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What were things like for Joseph? Imagine his life: The Creator needing Joseph as His earthly father to care for Him while He lived in the world He created. Compare this recent post on the Mormon.org blog. Yes, I am still feeling the Christmas spirit.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

"Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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This music video, set in a prison, is certainly unique . . . and effective. It moved me deeply.


Infant holy, infant lowly,
for his bed a cattle stall.
Oxen lowing, little knowing,
Christ the babe is Lord of all.
Swift are winging angels singing,
Noels ringing, tidings bringing.
Christ the babe is Lord of all.

Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping
vigil till the morning new
saw the glory, heard the story,
tidings of a gospel true.
Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow,
praises voicing, greet the morrow.
Christ the babe was born for you.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"Angels We Have Heard on High" with David Archuleta and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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From 2014 here's Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Peter Hollens, David Archuleta, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing "Angels We Have Heard on High." With about 1,000 angels. Love this.

Friday, December 11, 2015

"In the Bleak Midwinter" Performed by James Taylor

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I love James Taylor's arrangement of "In the Bleak Midwinter." Courtesy of Spotify.




In the bleak midwinter,
icy wind made moan.
Earth stood hard as iron,
water like a stone.
Snow on snow had fallen,
snow on snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter,
long and long ago.

Angels and archangels,
may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim
rising  in the air.
Oh but only Mary,
in her maiden bliss
worshiped the Beloved
with a mother's kiss.

Heaven cannot hold Him
nor can earth sustain.
Heaven and earth shall fall away
when He comes to reign.

What then can I give him,
empty as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise man,
I would know my part.
What then can I give Him
I must give my heart.