It’s December 1.
Each year Christmas songs start with Andrew Peterson’s Behold The Lamb Of God.
It’s worth repeating each year because it’s good to listen to, and it always seems to be someone’s first year hearing it.

Here’s a YouTube playlist of all the tracks. You could doubtless find it on your favourite streaming service as well.

Tomorrow we’ll dip into some Advent songs, but there’s plenty of anticipation and fulfilment right here.

Get Low is currently available to view on Australia’s SBS online portal.
A movie with a wonderful cast (Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black, and more fine actors in the ensemble), and a wistful story about guilt and forgiveness.

It also features the song Lay My Burden Down by Alison Krauss.

Continuing Sunday Songs on Monday with a hymn that I’m learning for a funeral tomorrow.
When a hymn is requested that I don’t know, it’s a sign that it expresses something of the personal faith of the person for who we’re giving thanks. I always count that a particular privilege.
So I’ve been learning Face To Face With Christ My Saviour.
Youtube is a treasure trove for this sort of thing, so tomorrow I’ll be channelling poor man’s Tennessee Ernie Ford (though probably a little faster).

Here’s a rendition by Ford.

And a bonus version by George Beverly Shea.

The lyrics

Face to face with Christ my Saviour 
Face to face what will it be 
When with rapture I behold Him 
Jesus Christ who died for me 
Face to face I shall behold Him 
Far beyond the starry sky 
Face to face in all His glory 
I shall see Him by and by 

Only faintly now I see Him 
With the darkling veil between 
But a blessed day is coming 
When His glory shall be seen 

What rejoicing in His presence 
When are banished grief or pain 
When the crooked ways are straightened 
And the dark things shall be plain 

Face to face O blissful moment 
Face to face to see and know 
Face to face with my Redeemer 
Jesus Christ who loves me so.  
Words: Carrie Elizabeth Ellis Breck
Music: FACE TO FACE (Grant Colfax Tullar) 

Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 48

Q & A 192
Q What do we pray for in the third petition?
A In the third petition (which is, Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven), acknowledging, that by nature we and all men are not only utterly unable and unwilling to know and do the will of God, but prone to rebel against his Word, to repine and murmur against his providence, and wholly inclined to do the will of the flesh, and of the devil: we pray, that God would by his Spirit take away from ourselves and others all blindness, weakness, indisposedness, and perverseness of heart; and by his grace make us able and willing to know, do, and submit to his will in all things, with the like humility, cheerfulness, faithfulness, diligence, zeal, sincerity, and constancy, as the angels do in heaven.

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