Published: Saturday, 10 December 2022 10:00
Today’s devotional is by Andrea Grattan
“Have you ever stood outside gazing up at the stars on a clear, crisp night, when all around is still and the stars are shining brightly as they light up the midnight blue sky? There is something very peaceful about the stillness and beauty of a silent night.
Read more: Christmas Carol Countdown | No.16 – Silent Night
Published: Thursday, 08 December 2022 12:32
Today’s devotional is by Matthew Winning
“I’ve always liked the music of ‘The Holly and the Ivy’. The jolly tune with its bouncy quavers and repeated melodic jumps was always nostalgic of past Christmases for me. Although, to my shame, I never listened to the words of the carol intently… not past the first verse anyway. My excuse was that, since this wasn’t the sort of carol you’d sing together at church, it’s easy to miss some of the details in the lyrics. I thought ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ was mostly about the colourful decorations we put up in our houses on the countdown to Christmas day, the nature and the leaping deer and the music, rather than having any real substance like ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ or ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’. To be truthful, I missed most of the references to sin and redemption, and the imagery of Jesus and His life and death.
Read more: Christmas Carol Countdown | No.18 – The Holly and the Ivy