Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas from Better Than Machines

Three Christmasy tidbits:

1. Here's an early Christmas present for you: Al Franken has pretty much won the Minnesota Senate race against Norm Coleman. On Christmas Eve, the state's Supreme Court unanimously rejected Coleman's last-ditch legal attempt to prevent the state from certifying the election recount results, which show Franken winning by 47 votes. Now Coleman's really-last-ditch option is a lawsuit contesting Franken's victory.

2. In case you didn't know, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) is tracking Santa's flight. Check it out here

3. Here are the Christmas songs in my head right now. Whether you believe them or not, they are powerful words.
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining, 
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Christ by highest heav'n adored 
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! the herals angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"


Amy said...

I love O Holy Night. Merry Christmas to all!

Becky said...

And I always liked the wistfulness of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas":

Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.

Through the years
We all will be together,
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself A merry little Christmas now.

Camp Papa said...

This may sound more like an Easter song, but you are not allowed the Babe without considering the Man:

"And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior's blood? Died he for me, who caused his pain? For me, who him to death pursued? Amazing love! how can it be that thou, my Lord, shouldst die for me?

"Tis mystery all! th' Imortal dies! Who can explor this strange design! In vain the first born seraph tries to sound the depths of love divine, 'tis mercy all! let earth adore; Let angel minds inquire no more."

Merry Christmas to all.

Sara said...

Belated Merry Christmas!
What a nice reminder when you see those songs in print.

Cassidy said...

just visiting, came from beckys blog. nice job on the sweatshirt!