This beloved Christmas carol with words by Christina Rossetti draws a familiar word picture of Advent 2018.
In the bleak midwinter
Frosty wind made moan
Earth stood hard as iron
Water like a stone.
Since the beginning of recorded time, people have feared the short days and dark, cold nights of midwinter. They have gathered together around fires and candles to keep company with one another. Being together meant keeping warm and sharing meager food when crops were gone and hunting results uncertain. Loneliness meant death.
Today we are told that loneliness is once again at epidemic levels. But there are ways to defeat that loneliness. Come join with the people of Holy Nativity while we greet the coming of our Savior with prayer and song. We will light the candles, read the familiar Bible verses and sing the old songs. We will welcome newcomers and greet old friends with handshakes and hugs.
Come and join us, as we give Him our hearts.
— Kathleen Schreiner