HOLY {Advent Day 10}

        What words can be used to adequately describe “HOLY”?

1. Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred.
2. Regarded with or worthy of worship or veneration; revered
3. Living according to a strict or highly moral religious or spiritual system; saintly 
4. Specified or set apart for a religious purpose
5. Solemnly undertaken; sacrosanct.
6. Regarded as deserving special respect or reverence

With all due respect to Mr Webster, none of these definitions describes the holiness of the God I love and serve…the God who came in the form of a baby.

I have thought about it all day…and decided to acquiesce to Bishop Reginald Heber:

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in Three Persons, bless’d Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in Three Persons, bless’d Trinity!

We will talk again tomorrow…


I am participating in an Advent photo-a-day exercise. ReThinkChurch.org is facilitating the practice by providing a one word prompt each day. Participants are encouraged to share how we perceive each word. 
You can find out more and join here.

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