I love the snow greeting us today. And the words of worship, “Satisfy us by your loving kindness in the morning so we will rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.” Blessings too know God’s greeting in the greetings of others.


good news of great joy
a child born who is lord –
glory to God

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greeting –
when strangers meet bearing
gifts and good news

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The story of Christmas is told in greetings:
The angel of the Lord greets Zechariah to tell him of the son he will have.
The angel Gabriel greets Mary to tell her of the child she will bear.
Mary greets Elizabeth and learns of Elizabeth’s pregnancy.
The child John leaps in Elizabeth’s womb to greet his cousin, Jesus.
Elizabeth greets Mary and confirms that she will be the mother of her Lord.
Mary greets God in her Magnificat, praising him and his power.
Zechariah greets his son John with the promise that he will be of prophet of God.
Mary and Joseph greet their newborn son, Jesus, in a stable.
The angels greet the shepherds and announce the good news of Jesus’ birth.
The shepherds greet the newborn child with praises to God.
The three kings arrive to greet the newborn king after following his star.
Simeon greets Mary and Joseph with praise to God and a prophesy of Jesus’ impact on the world.
Tonight and tomorrow morning, we greet Jesus, God incarnate, into our world and our hearts. Come, Lord Jesus.


he keeps watch over
going out and coming in –

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magnify –
when the insignificant
takes on greatness

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This joyful song by Sandi Patty tells how to magnify the Lord: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrJDNuzdioA

When we magnify, it enlarges the subject. How do we magnify God? By making Him larger in the world by spreading His word and doing His work, showing how large a part of our life He is.
When we magnify, it also shows our subject in more detail. We can magnify God by studying the details about Him in Scripture, songs, prayers and meditation. Get to know everything we can about Him so we can be in a more intimate relationship with him.


when one’s blessing
passes long after life end –

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