Christmas Anthem

By Wednesday, December 19, 2012 0 0

I am listening to this on repeat these days and thought I’d share it with you.

Christmas Anthem
by Landon Smith and Matt Jones

Refrain:
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Is the jubilant refrain
God is sending us a Savior
Peace on earth, good will to man.

Hear what glorious song of angels
Is now ringing through the air
Never valley, never mountain
Heard an anthem half so fair.

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Is the jubilant refrain
God is sending us a Savior
Peace on earth, good will to man.

Messengers of God’s free mercy
Are now seen by human eye
Shepherds hear the wondrous message
“Glory be to God on high.”

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Is the jubilant refrain
God is sending us a Savior
Peace on earth, good will to man.

Let us also sing the praises
Of our God so full of love
Who on Christmas sent a Savior
Sent a Savior from above.

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Is the jubilant refrain
God is sending us a Savior
Peace on earth, good will to man…

Tragedy.

By Saturday, December 15, 2012 2 0

Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto His sorrow. (Lamentations 1:12)

This week, tragedy in Portland, Yesterday, tragedy at an elementary school in Connecticut and a primary school in China, where guns are illegal and the media doesn’t report these stories in order to prevent copycat incidents (!!). And in Las Vegas too. Three years ago, a good friend and wonderful influence to me passed away. I think of him often this time of year.

And yesterday I was blessed by a friend to attend Handel’s Messiah for the first time. It did not escape me that the successful Seattle Symphony, progressive and liberal as the city it serves, gets on stage each year to sing God’s story of man’s redemption. Scripture read in a public forum, printed in the symphony program.

The conductor offered a lovely bit of advice about listening to Messiah.

“…read the text to what you’re going to hear in advance, so you have an idea of what you think about those texts. Then, during the performance, observe the way Handel makes these texts come to very vivid life. …don’t have an expectation of what I will be like or what the Orchestra will be like – have an expectation about how these words could sound, and then see what Handel does with them.”

Reeling from the loss, from the tragedy and the darkness and the sorrow of the day, I read the verses that inspired Handel’s music soberly. Suddenly, the prophecies about Jesus’ birth, that little baby’s first coming, were not so important as the prophecies about the next one.

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. (Isaiah 9:2)

Come, Lord Jesus. Thank you for coming the first time. Thank you God, for sending your son to suffer, that we may know our sympathetic high priest. And yet, darkness covers the earth. Gross darkness, whether it is evil motives and murderous thoughts or mental illness or poor legislation, gross darkness covers the people.

It is so evident that we need a savior. We cannot do it on our own. And what a savior we have. Not only sovereign and able to save, but suffering and able to save.

Gloria, indeed!

(all scriptures taken from the Symphony program for Handel’s Messiah, compiled by Handel’s collaborator Charles Jennens)

Merry Christmas from the Duryees

By Wednesday, November 30, 2011 1 0

I was so on the ball this year I had my Christmas cards before December even started. Now, to get them mailed before Christmas. Susanna already looks like an old woman compared to this photo, but that’s babyhood I guess.

Today is her 5 month birthday!

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In honor of the last day of November, I am ringing in the Christmas season with a link to the photo card we ordered. Shutterfly is still my go-to photo shop, so I am happy to post this link. Right now I am working on a book of 2010 photos and hoping to get it under $100. Gotta eliminate some photos. It’s a new goal of mine to order the previous year’s photobook before the current year is over.

Stationery card
View the entire collection of cards.

Christmas Cards, and My First Giveaway!

By Monday, October 17, 2011 31 0

Last year's Christmas Card

It’s that time of year again! Time for our annual Christmas photo card, which I love to send with a letter updating our dearest relatives and friends on what the last year brought for the Duryee family. 2011 is obviously a big year for us, as our Christmas card will now feature not 2, but 3 members of the family: mama, daddy, and little miss Susanna Jane.

Typically, I tend to take advantage of the best deals and coupon codes for prints. But Shutterfly is my go-to shop for photo gifts and Christmas cards. They even have a collection of greeting cards if you’re not interested in including your pretty mug! The 2011 collection features 4×8, 8×4, 5×7 and 5×5 flat cards (my favorite style). Many of the cards, like the one pictured here, make the photo the focal point with only a tiny bit of text on the front.

This year, busy as it is with the new baby and prefield ministry, I am most excited to utilize the new feature on photo cards: an extra photo and large portion of text on the back! I am planning to write our Christmas letter right on the back of our card, saving time and money on the extra letter.

I am also excited to announce Seasoned With Salt’s very first giveaway! Shutterfly has offered me 25 free photo cards to give to three of my readers. Leave a comment telling me your favorite Christmas tradition (include your email address so I can contact you!) and I will randomly select three winners. For additional entries, leave a comment each time you do one of the following (5 entries max):

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Edited to add: I’ll select the winner after midnight on Monday, October 24.

Bloggers, want a chance at 25 free cards this holiday season? Register here: http://goo.gl/DDw7Q

Shutterfly gave me a free pack of cards for my review, but I authentically love their cards and use them all the time. Shutterfly has the (totally meaningless) Seasoned With Salt stamp of approval!