Posted by Marjorie Ainsborough Decker text© 2011 on Dec 21st, 2008
Christmas Greetings once again dear Blog Nog friends,
May every ringing, rejoicing Yuletide reflect our joyful hearts this beautiful season. Yes, the answer to the “comma quiz” from our last blog, is coded in the previous sentence. I’m sure all you clever visitors have found it – so, count yourself a winner if you placed the comma after Merry in “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.”
For the few days left before Christmas, I thought younger Blog-Nogs would enjoy some pages from the Christian Mother Goose Christmas Book. I wrote the following story on a napkin while flying over the snow-packed peaks of Colorado one wintry night. It made me shiver to look down on the icy world below, and wonder what little creature might be looking for shelter from the cold; and how The Lord Jesus shows tender mercy for all he created. (Ps. 145:9) So I began:
On another snowy Christmas Sunday, with high drifts that made the country road to our church impassable, we found being marooned at home was a marvelous way to discover a child’s unique version of the Christmas story, with never-before-heard-of carols. Our son Keith, age 6 at the time, jumped forward to lead the singing, and Kevin, at 9, immediately joined him with his Bible ready for preaching. The rest of us were a captive audience.
“The first song is “Slow Elk,” Keith announced. That was the first revelation, as he robustly sang, “Slow elk, slow elk,” to the tune of “Noel, Noel.” And he hung on to his own Slow Elk rendition, in spite of his congregation’s conflicting “Noel’s.” The next revelation was the “Dark Colony,” which turned out to be the Doxology, with praise coming from the “Heavenly hoe,” and the admonition to preachers: “Praise Him all preachers here below.”
But wait! The revelations continued as Kevin earnestly opened with the King James Version of the Christmas story, beginning with: “And Joseph…with Mary his exposed (espoused) wife….” Then pausing, he soared into his own free-wheeling version, taking us back to the Red Sea, where, surprisingly, Nebuchadnezzar turned up to chase the escaping Israelites. Then on to Jonah, who first headed for England instead of Nineveh, but when God took him to Nineveh by whale to preach the Gospel, the King repented in a gunny-sack! And so the Christmas story flew back and forth between Old Testament heroics and New Testament shepherds, angels, wise men, and finally arriving with Herod challenging the “scribbles,” (scribes) as to the birth of Jesus.
When Kevin finished with, “Ladies and gentlemen, friends, members of the church, I’ve preached the Gospel for 40 years in South Africa and North Carolina, and…I’m tired,” Keith quickly led in the “Dark Colony” again, and we all clapped heartily.
I dare say the home-spun, mixed up, but heart-felt performance of two little boys, that snow-bound Sunday morning was as precious to our Savior as the grandest service in St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Now, here’s a Christmas invitation:
For many years it’s been a tradition of the Oasis Radio Network to invite the Decker family for their Christmas Road Show broadcast. If you’d like to listen in, My son Kevin and I will be on the Road Show, noon to 1:00 pm, CST, Tuesday, Dec. 23rd with our host, and good friend, David Warren. Just Click on the Oasis link above at the day and time just mentioned to join us on the Road Show!
Thank you for visiting today and Cheerio!
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