Monday, December 7, 2020

Go Tell It on the Mountain 
Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.
While shepherds kept their watching o’er silent flocks by night, behold throughout the heavens there shown a holy light.
The shepherds feared and trembled, when lo!
Above the earth, rang out the angel chorus
that hailed the Savior’s birth.
Down in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born,
and God sent us salvation
that blessed Christmas morn. 
John W. Work Jr.
Can you imagine being so filled with joy that you would climb to the highest peak of a mountain and shout at the top of your lungs so that everyone all around you could hear you? What news could you receive that would be worth that amount of enthusiasm and promote such an effort from you? Is the news of the birth of Jesus that exciting to you? Maybe not.
Many people who were alive at the time of Jesus’ birth did not find the news all that exciting. There were some that did not believe the news when they heard it. What a shame! The Messiah for whom many people had been waiting for so very long had arrived. To some people it was not a big event. Why? If you placed no significance to the possibility of eternal life without any sorrows or troubles, then the birth of   Jesus was no big deal. However, if you believe that Jesus would bring you a time when you would be able to leave all of your troubles and sorrows behind and live forever in peace and joy and love, then it really is a big deal. It is absolutely something that is worth climbing to the top of a mountain and shouting about. Even more good news is that God does not ask you to do that. All He asks is that you love Him and just talk about Him to others you meet every day.
PRAYER: Blessed Jesus, Your arrival here on earth is good news beyond our ability to imagine. You love us so much that you wish to fill us with overflowing joy – to the point of telling all the world about you and the great, good news that you have for everyone who chooses to believe in you. Grant that you may fill each of us with so much joy that we easily share your good news with everyone. Amen

Denise Clark
Christ Servant Minister
St. John's Ivyland
820 Almshouse Road
Ivyland, PA 18974
Rev. Brad Leight, Pastor