Silent Night Ye Merry Gentlemen – Let the Christmas Season Begin

Two Great Christmas Songs by Mannheim Steamroller: Silent Night & God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen via www.JeanWilund.comIt’s beginning to look and sound like Christmas. 

Friday we put up our Christmas tree, and last night Larry and I went to hear Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas tour.


By the way, Tom Sharpe, their drummer, stole the show. Brilliant musician and showman. He’s worth a Google.

It’s hard to pick a favorite song of theirs to share with you, so I didn’t.

I’m kicking off the season big by picking two songs. Crazy, right?

Enjoy Mannheim Steamrollers arrangements of  Silent Night and God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.

And be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post on-line to learn of a fascinating story about the carol Silent Night.

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

This 16th-century carol still thrills the heart, especially the way Mannheim Steamroller performs it. Definitely my favorite version.

God Red Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ the Savior
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we had gone astray
Oh tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy!
Oh tidings of comfort and joy!
From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed angel came
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name
Oh tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy!
Oh tidings of comfort and joy!

Silent Night

Composed in 1818 by Franz Gruber to the lyrics by Joseph Mohr, it was performed for the first time on Christmas Eve https://espano..lis-generico/Silent Night remains one of the most popular carols in history:

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night,
all is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace,
sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,
shepherds quake at the sight;
glories stream from heaven afar,
heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light;
radiant beams from thy holy face
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Last year I shared Silent Night by Sinead O’Connor. It included an incredible story of the night the song stopped World War II for a day.

No matter how many times I read this story, it still fascinates me. Check it out:

Click to listen to Silent Night, The Song That Stopped the War for a Day via

Share the Christmas Spirit and share these great songs with your friends. Thanks!

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The Short Answer to Why We Worship God (Praise Picture)

We don't worship God to gain His approval but to bask in His love and acceptance.

Why do we worship God?

Fair question.

I heard a great answer on the radio.

I missed who said it, but I didn’t miss what they said.

“We don’t worship God to gain His approval but to bask in His love and acceptance.”

Bask away everyone!










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When Our Dreams Shatter & God Doesn’t Move, We Will TRUST IN YOU (by Lauren Daigle)

When Our Dreams Shatter and God Doesn't Move, We Will TRUST IN YOU (music video by Lauren Daigle) via

I’m going to a friend’s funeral today.


I hate cancer.

Ten years ago this May, my mom died of cancer.

I lost my dad three years later. Not to cancer, but something else hideous and destructive.

God didn’t move the mountains I needed Him to move. He didn’t part the waters I wanted Mom, Dad and our friend Kyle to walk through.

But I will trust in Him.

Two days after Mom’s funeral, I sat beside Dad. Our shoulders slumped with grief. Dad stared at the floor, fighting tears and hopelessness. 

I cried out to God. “Why did You leave us here without Mom? You know Dad’s health is not well. What will he do?”

The answer immediately came to my heart.

I said, “Dad, it’s going to be alright. If we couldn’t live here on this earth without Mom, God would never have left us. He’s not finished with us, so it’s going to be alright.”

He looked up at me. “You really think so?”

“I know so, Dad.”

He squeezed my hand and didn’t let go.

Thus began the best relationship I’ve ever had with Dad.

If Mom hadn’t gone when she did, she would’ve cared for him during his final years. I wouldn’t have made the four hour drive continually as I did.

My sisters wouldn’t have been by his side constantly, developing a bond and love greater than before. 

Even my brother, eight hours away, was able to grab special time with Dad.

I would’ve hated to have missed those three years filled with precious, powerful, and sometimes painful moments. 

At first, it seemed impossible to experience any good from their diseases.

Our friend Kyle Smiley believed the same thing — at first.

Looks can be deceiving.

God showed Kyle, no matter what mountain or ocean we face, He will never fail us.

Keep trusting.

We must take our every dream, need, and desperation, to the cross and look to the One who looked most hopeless of all.

Christ was never hopeless. He was busy conquering sin and death. 

But oh, how painful the waiting felt to those who loved Him most!

They fell into despair, unable to believe His promise of resurrection. 

They didn’t park outside His tomb, counting down the minutes.

They couldn’t see any good coming from the cross.

But the cross is where hopelessness dies.

The cross wasn’t the end of the story. It was the beginning of the best part.

They had to wait three long, painful days to see it, but it came right on time.

God’s waiting time shouldn’t determine our faith. But our faith will determine how we experience our waiting time.

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Let’s trust in the One who knows best which mountains to move and which waters to part.

When Larry and I go to be with Kyle’s family today at their church, I’ll think about Lauren Daigle’s song Trust in You and the powerful message it contains.

This song reaches to the core of your soul and stays with you all day.

After you listen to it, please watch the next video, Kyle’s Story.

In it, Kyle and Claudia share the amazing work God did in their lives that allowed him to say, “I definitely thank God for cancer.”

But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator . . .
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
“For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
. . .
“Since you are precious in My sight,
Since you are honored and
I love you,
~ Isaiah 43:1-4

Kyle’s Story from RADIUS Church on Vimeo.

If your dreams have shattered and God hasn’t moved your mountain, I hope you’ll look beyond it, cast every care, concern and heartache at the foot of that empty cross and say to our resurrected Lord, “I will trust in You.”

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JOY — Illusive, Elusive, or Just Plain Gone? There’s Hope: The Joy of The Lord (by Rend Collective)

Click to read & view the Music Video by Rend Collective "The Joy of the Lord" and find strength and joy lift you up.

Does your joy feel illusive — no more than a non-existent illusion?

Or maybe it feels elusive. It’s visible, but out of reach.

Or maybe your joy is just plain gone.

No matter, be encouraged. There’s hope. 

Do not be grieved,
for the joy of the LORD
is your strength.
~ Nehemiah 8:10

Years ago, I found myself stuck in circumstances.

So I prayed. A lot.

But nothing changed, except my joy. It evaporated. 

My patience began to run dry along with my joy.

I decided I was done praying. 

I began praising instead.

I stopped focusing on my situation and focused on all the great things God has done from the beginning of time.

I praised Him for His unchanging, unfailing character — character trait by character trait.

I praised Him because He’s worthy of praise all the time.

As my praises rose, I experienced a startling development: my joy returned.

I’d stumbled upon something. 

Praise didn’t change my circumstances, but it changed me.

It brought me the joy of the Lord. And it brought me strength.

As joy filled my heart and mind, I felt stronger in the midst of my circumstances.

My thinking became more clear.

Truth overcame fear and doubt. Confident assurance of His unconditional love overwhelmed me. Peace rose up knowing He simply will not fail us. 

I felt motivated, empowered, and excited to follow the Lord. Wherever He led.

He led me to more praise, which led to more joy, which led to — you guessed it — more strength.

So, go ahead and pray for your trials and struggles, just make sure your praises far outweigh your prayers. The joy of the Lord springs from praise.

Our prayers say: Help, God! Because of our circumstances, we have no hope apart from You. (That’s good stuff.)

Our praises say: Thank you, God! Because of who You are, we have all the help and hope we could ever need. (That’s even better stuff.)

The Irish band Rend Collective with their fiddle-playing, foot-stomping, praise-inducing song The Joy of the Lord encourages us to make the best choice. This choice:

Step out on faith, walk on the waters of praise, grab the joy of the Lord by the hand and dance.

(After the music video, don’t miss Gareth and Ali from Rend Collective share the story behind this song.)

Now the music video:

In the video below, Gareth and Ali from Rend Collective prove how choosing joy despite your circumstances gives you the strength to keep dancing even in the storm.

Listen to them share their powerful story:

“Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
~ Nehemiah 8:10

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Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.

God Does All Things Well — Like Showing Off at Sunset. “Glorify” Your Name (Crystal Lewis) ~ Monday Music

Click to listen to "Glorify" sung by Crystal Lewis (written by Linda Barnhill) via (Photo by Melissa Bothwell)

“Glorify” sung by Crystal Lewis ~ written by Linda Barnhill (Photo by Melissa Bothwell)

God does all things well — like showing off at sunset. 

My sister Melissa took this stunning photo on her way back to Georgia recently.

Smack in the middle of Melissa making several life decisions, God keeps showing up. He’s been refining her through ants and encouraging her through sunsets.

In all of this, He’s glorified Himself.

Which brings me to my Monday Music selection. 

I first featured the song Glorify over a year ago. When I saw my sister’s photo of the sunset, I knew I had to repost it.

Glorify Your Name!
Father, glorify!

Glorify was written by my beautiful and talented friend Linda Barnhill and powerfully sung by the equally beautiful and talented Crystal Lewis, who I’d also like to have as a friend.

This song should be our theme song as we move into our day and week.

Some of us may be facing a hum-drum week — another long week of the same old thing.  

Some of us wish we were facing a hum-drum week. We’re facing a humdinger — a fiery furnace.

God uses both the hum-drum and the fire to glorify His name.  

Whatever you’re facing, don’t look past it to find God on the other side.

Look in it. Here’s there, and He will not leave you alone.

Jesus, glorify!

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
~ I Peter 1:6-7

Jesus, purify!

Remember, God only gives us what is necessary. If you’re in a trial, it’s necessary.

Knowing your trial is necessary, doesn’t necessarily make it easy.

Some trials are beyond difficult. But that doesn’t change the facts.

If we rejoice in our trials, it will result in the strengthening of our faith which will bring much praise, glory, and honor to Jesus Christ.

That’s what it’s all about! 

Jesus, glorify!

We see the beauty of God’s ways when the flame of passion for His Name is lit within us, and we find ourselves content — even in the midst of our worst trials. (Philippians 4:4-13)

Only God can do such a thing.

Our natural selves see only two options: flight or fight.

God provides a third: rest.

Rest in Christ today and see what God will do.

Father, glorify!

Glorify Your Name. Raise the banner. Raise it high. Father, glorify.

Jesus, light the flame. Give us passion for your Name. Jesus, light the flame

Purify Your bride. Cleanse her with Your holy fire. Jesus, purify.

How have you seen God glorify His name recently? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.

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