Archive | December 2010

Depressed, Christian? How to Snap Out of Your Winter Blues, Part 2

Sing!

Singing helps me chase the blues away.  When I sing, especially worship songs, it seems to “disperse the gloomy clouds of night”.

I borrowed that line from my favorite song to sing this time of year, “O Come, O come, Emmanuel”

Here’s the whole verse….

“O Come Thou Day-spring, Come and cheer

our spirits by thine advent [coming] here

And drive away the shades of night

And pierce the clouds and bring us light!”

That’s describes a SONrise.


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Have you ever waited for the sun to rise, looking intently toward the east for the first rays?

The dark eastern sky lighten to a soft blue, and then pink and then — drum roll!–day springs forth! *orchestra music!*

For Whom or what are you intently looking?

Let’s sing to the One who intently looks for us until we are found…

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear.

 

Chorus: Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

 

O come, Thou Day-spring,

Come and cheer

Our spirits by Thine advent here;

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

And death’s dark shadows put to flight!

 

-Chorus-

 

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;

From depth of hell Thy people save

And give them vict’ry o’er the grave.

-Chorus-


-Do you know the Day-spring, the Rod of Jesse, Emmanuel?-

Click the pic below for a quick introduction…

 

sunrise over Boca

 

**Top sunrise photo borrowed from “Eternal Echoes”.**

“Random Acts of Culture” — Hallelujah Chorus at Macy’s!

Merry Christmas from Gloriadelia, Macy’s, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia, who arranged this “spontaneous” singing of the Hallelujah Chorus at Macy’s, complete with huge pipe organ  and bunches of area choirs dispersed throughout the store, disguised as regular shoppers.

Words are below if you want to join in. Enjoy!



Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever,

King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! **

**lyrics borrowed from: Hymns.me.uk

Do you know the One of Whom they sing?  Click the pic for a quick video introduction by Ron Hutchcraft, a missionary to the beautiful Navajo people of the southwest:

 

Navajo Nativity scene photo from: http://www.ioffer.com/c/1003863?default_total_count=1102&page=10&search_category=Native-Americana-1003863

Depressed, Christian? How to snap out of your winter blues….

sigh…  My mood is falling with the snow. Even on sunny days, I wanna dive back under the covers and hibernate with the bears. 😦


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Relate?

Read on…

Tips for turning…

…this:

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to this:

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1.  Call a friend to pray with you. That’s what I did this morning.  I called, I dumped, she listened, we prayed — all better!

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.  For is either of them falls, the one will pick up his companion.  And if one can overpower him who is alone (and depression thrives on aloneness) two can resist him.”  ~~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12

2. Sometimes Most times, our worst enemy lives right between our ears.
So, refuse grumpy thoughts (my pastor calls it “stinkin’ thinkin”) and replace them with something from this list:

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence, or anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” ~~ Philippians 4:8

I’ll add some more tips next post, but, in the meantime, what about you? How do you do to beat the winter blahhhhhhs?

Tell us what helps.  Don’t dot another i, Bob Cratchit, till you do!

Oh no! I’m getting grumpy again…