With Wondering Awe

Luke 2:8-14

An angel appeared to the shepherds as they were watching over their flocks by night.  Here again, these men were tending to their responsibilities when they received this incredible vision announcing the birth of the Savior of the world.  Verse 8 says “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God”.  I think of a choir singing when I read that.  The Waldport Branch is fairly small, but when we sing, we sing loud.  The Christmas carols sung this week were so heart-warming.  The choir director narrated the Christmas story and orchestrated the musical numbers sung by the different choirs: Primary, Relief Society, Priesthood, a family, a piano and then voice solo and the Branch Choir.  We sang as a congregation a couple times during the program.  Our choir director has a way of getting us to sing out and it is beautiful.

A young couple with their first infant daughter were sitting next to us.  The look she had when she looked at her daddy’s face was like she was in complete awe of him.  She had a slight smile as her eyes were wide open and bright and her mouth was open.  Infants are full of pure love, no judgement, just love for whoever they are focused on.  What a beautiful Christmas message she gave me.

This is one of my favorite Christmas hymns:

http://www.lds.org/music/library/hymns/with-wondering-awe?lang=eng

With Wondering Awe

With wondering awe the wise men saw
The star in heaven springing,
And with delight, in peaceful night,
They heard the angel singing:
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna to His name!

By light of star they traveled far
To seek the lowly manger,
A humble bed wherein was laid
The wondrous little Stranger.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna to His name!

And still is found, the world around,
The old and hallowed story,
And still is sung in every tongue
The angels’ song of glory:
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna to His name!

The heavenly star its rays afar
On every land is throwing,
And shall not cease till holy peace
In all the earth is growing.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna to His name!

My Mother
My Mother

Yeah, that’s the look of “wondering awe”.  (I always try to find a picture for my blog.)

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