The Dawn of Redeeming Grace

Heavenly Father,
On this quiet, holy night,
You sent us your only Son
A Savior to live here in our midst

How could we begin to imagine
All that He would do?

A Savior to show us the WAY
To guide us on our path toward you
To be our Light and our Truth
A Shepherd for every lost sheep

A Savior to teach us how to LOVE
To teach us what it really means to love
Beyond measure
Beyond compare

A Savior to reveal God’s GRACE
Mercy we do not deserve
Kindness when we fall short
Forgiveness that changes us forever

A Savior to SAVE
Victory over death
The gift of eternal life
Eternal freedom….eternal love

How could we begin to imagine?
On that quiet December night
Jesus, the tiny infant
Would one day pay the wages of sin

For ALL of us
For the love of all of us

The wise men brought gifts
But they cannot compare
To the amazing gifts Jesus brings
Love…Joy…Peace…Freedom

The dawn arrives
Christ, the Redeemer is born!
We celebrate with joy in our hearts
Love bursting forth
Glory to the newborn King!

Hearing God’s Whisper ministry wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Your Part in the Advent Story

When I was in second grade, my school did a Christmas variety show, and my class acted out the lyrics to the song “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” I was assigned the role of “Mom” from the line: “And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.” It was a 5-second role, and I owned it! But I’m a little sad to report that in my childhood, I never had the opportunity to be in an official church Christmas pageant. No role in a nativity play. No shepherd or angel performance. Instead, I sat in the audience more than a few times…watching the beautiful story of the birth of our Savior take place on a stage from across the room. 

I wonder how many of us approach the season of Advent that same way. We’re in the audience waiting for the show to start. We want a front row seat to watch the story of the birth of Jesus and the beauty of the first Christmas. Our role is an enjoyable but passive one. 

I would encourage you to step out of the audience and join the players on the stage! You are part of God’s ongoing story of salvation. We each have an important role to play—your role is unique, and only you can play it. Speaker and author Elizabeth M. Kelly writes: “Allow the Holy Spirit to refresh a Catholic imagination within you and to remind you that you are an integral, irreplaceable part of a much larger and more important story.”

How will you play your role this Advent season and beyond? What unique aspects of love and sincerity will you bring to your performance? Who will your scene partners be? Perhaps your part in the story is providing a listening ear to a lonely friend. You may be called to provide food and warm clothes for those in need. Your part in the story may involve making room for Jesus in your heart and in your home. Unlike the innkeeper, will Jesus find in you a place to dwell and grow and shine?

Maybe you’re not one to step into the spotlight. That’s ok! There are plenty of behind-the-scenes roles to play that are just as important. Like the lighting crew up in the rafters, maybe your role is to point that spotlight on someone else, giving them confidence and encouragement to shine. Maybe you’re being called to be part of God’s “stage crew,” organizing and setting the stage for projects and programs that will help others.

However you decide to take part in God’s story, it’s important that you realize how valued and essential you are. The “Christmas Story” would not be complete without you!