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‘Away in a manger… ’Hark the Herald angels sing…’ Do a deer a female dear…’ Last Christmas you gave me your heart… ‘Santa Clause is coming to town…

So many Christmas songs are playing at the moment but one specific one came up in my spirit, while I was trying to write about what this time of journalistic work reflects. As I was thinking I became very reflective towards the Christmas season and why us missionaries do what we do.

The song ‘Hark the Herold angels’, came to mind as I prayed. Below I wrote out the text for you to read and reflect upon because this embodies why we do what we do. It is because of Jesus that each and every person on this campus and those whom I interview, do what they do.

So try read this song lyrics and soak up the words for a moment.

Hark the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the favoured one.
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see;
Hail, the incarnate Deity:
Pleased as man with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King!”

Hail the heaven-born Prince of peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die:
Born to raise the son of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King !”

Songwriters: Paul Bateman

‘Joyful nations will rise, sinner will reconcile, light and life he will bring!’

‘Let us remember God’s love and who Jesus is when we look at the lights on the tree since he brought light and life.

Currently, this campus looks really beautiful, the property looks neat, all the trees are bare, Winter has arrived.

With that it gets dark at 4 pm, that’s when all the Christmas lights shine all around the Oval. Each staff flat, room or home glows. Just as the love of Jesus glows.

The clock building shines bright with the outline covered in hundreds of little lights.

Looking at all these lights glow here in Harpenden made me think of the thousands of missionaries that have been sent out into the world over the past 30 plus years. This place is also home to many committed staff members.

It’s been such a privilege for me to meet some of these people, to interview them, to work with a great team of photographers, an amazing editor which happens to be Clare, Steve’s wife who is the Property Service director whom I wrote about last week.

The blog team (left to right) back row: Clare, Melissa, Leidy; front row: Alex, Ben

It’s been a privilege working with an amazing team at the communications department called Cultura, because of them this website and blog exist!
Each person is committed to this campus, committed to their creative positions within communications, they are committed to training students, they impact and reach the world from where they are here at YWAM Harpenden.

Christmas is such a very special time of the year, a time of friends and family,  a time to connect with your heart and those who love and care for you, it’s a time of warmth and light, a magical yet holy time of the year. It’s a time to embrace the love of God by him sending his one and only son Jesus.

I ask you to reflect on this beyond all the gifts you may receive, for He gave us the gift of life, made it possible for all these people that we’ve met over the past few weeks, to enter into their calling.

He has a perfect plan and calling for you too, the perfect position, place, job, the perfect partner and the perfect timing for everything.

Wishing you a sincerely blessed Christmas and a miraculous New Year.
Melissa

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