My Daughter-in-Law Elect has two children, so I get to be a grandmother. I’m taking it slowly. These children already have a couple of sets of grandparents, so I don’t know how receptive they’ll be. But I went to the little girl’s pageant, and it was extremely fun.
On that day, I drove to three events/appointments. Two were work, two were in unfamiliar places, one was after dark. It was definitely a pushing of the envelope for me.
Some decorating is going on, too.
Some of the recent songs have included angels as well as shepherds, since they share a scene in the story, so the next characters in the musical array will be angels. This is Katherine Jenkins singing one of the many beautiful songs including angels, “Angels from the Realms of Glory.”
- Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.
- Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light:
- Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen His natal star.
- Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.
- Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains.
- Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down:
- All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
To th’eternal Three in One.
The words, a series of instructions to various characters, were written by Scottish Poet James Montgomery and published in 1816. Hnery Smart, the guy who wrote “Regent’s Square,” the tune most often used for these words, was only three at the time, so I guess people didn’t sing this poem for some time. Even now, we don’t sing it as often as we should.