Christmas in Sepia

Merry Christmas! Blessings and joy to you. I hope that you are having a beautiful, love-filled day. Last night at the 10:30pm service, a group of women sang the hymn Of the Father's Love Begotten as special music. I wasn't familiar with this hymn before last night. It's beautiful! I love inclusive language for God, but over time, I've also come to appreciate "Father"/male-centered language for God as well. This hymn has been around for quite some time and uses mostly male language for God. I love the refrain: "evermore and evermore." Jesus infinitely changed the world - forevermore and forevermore. Here's a link that plays the tune. Below are my two favorite verses:

Of the Father’s love begotten, ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see, evermore and evermore!

Christ, to Thee with God the Father, and, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant with high thanksgiving, and unwearied praises be:
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory, evermore and evermore!

What songs are you singing today? Any CDs that you always listen to on Christmas? Below are some holiday photos shot using the "Sepia" function this afternoon. Have a wonderful evening! Merry, merry, merry Christmas.

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