First Line Friday (week 87): Christmas Hymns Favorite Lines

December 22, 2017 Christian, Christmas, First Line Fridays 29

Happy Friday!

And welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line.

BUT WAIT!

😉

Today, I’m detouring from books (for the briefest of moments – nobody panic!) and taking a look at my favorite lines from Christmas hymns. I love just about every Christmas song, carol, and hymn but especially after the rough year we’ve had I’m really treasuring the hymns and religious songs right now. ♥

One such hymn is “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, originally written by Charles Wesley.

And my favorite verse is:

“Hail the Heav’nly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun 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.”

Let me know your favorite line from a Christmas hymn OR the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!
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Carrie

29 Responses to “First Line Friday (week 87): Christmas Hymns Favorite Lines”

  1. Gloria

    There are so many wonderful carols but O Holy Night is high on my list of favorites. 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 appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
    A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices
    For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
    Fall on your knees
    Oh hear the angel voices
    I am reading Deadly Noel by Margaret Daley. “Someone was watching her. She could feel it.”
    Merry Christmas, Carrie and everyone!

  2. Andrea Stephens

    Such a wonderful idea to share favorite Christmas Hymn lines. Mine is from I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day
    🔔 And in despair I bowed my head:
    “There is no peace on earth,” I said,
    “For hate is strong and mocks the song
    Of peace on earth, good will to men.”
    Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
    “God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
    The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
    With peace on earth, good will to men.”
    Till, ringing singing, on its way,

    The world revolved from night to day,
    A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
    Of peace on earth, good will to men! 🔔
    Merry Christmas Carrie!

    • Carrie

      that is just the best line – God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
      The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
      With peace on earth, good will to men.”
      Merry Christmas, my friend!

  3. Katie Donovan

    What a great idea. Except, I have so many favourites! I think ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’ is probably my favourite hymn overall, but I’ll never forget the first time I heard the song ‘Mary, Did You Know?’ – I can’t remember who it’s by off the top of my head. It’s asking ‘Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water? Mary, did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?’ etc. But at the end of the second verse is says ‘Mary, did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod, and when you kiss your little baby, you’ve kissed the face of God?’

    I was actually driving in the car the first time I heard that song, and I had to pull over because I teared up so much I couldn’t see! Plus I had at least one baby of my own at the time–so, yeah, Mumma hormones!–but, wow. I just loved that thought. Still do.

    But now, to the business of the day! 😉 On my blog, I’m featuring the first line from a fun Christmas read called ‘Tinsel in a Tangle’ by Laurie Germaine, but here, I’m going to share the first line from another Christmas book I recently finished, this one by Chautona Havig, called ‘Carol and the Belles’:

    “I’ll never get off this plane.”

    Merry Christmas, dear friend! <3

    • Carrie

      I both of those hymns – Mary, Did You Know is so powerful! Merry Christmas to you, sweet friend ❤

  4. Beckie Burnham

    What a great idea! One of my favorite lines comes from O Holy Night too.

    Truly He taught us to love one another
    His law is love and His gospel is peace
    Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
    And in His name all oppression shall cease
    Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
    Let all within us praise His holy name

    I love that Jesus delivers us emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

    Merry Christmas to your family!

  5. Susan Dyer

    What a great idea Carrie!

    Happy Friday!

    My FLF comes from a book I’m reading now Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery.

    Kelly Murphy was willing to accept certain injustices in the world. That brownies had more calories than celery.

    Happy Holidays!

  6. Rebecca Maney

    “Come thou long expected Jesus” . . . . . a timeless prayer, right?

    I just started Amanda Barratt’s lovely new book, “My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York.

    “As the coachman loaded her trunk onto the carriage, nausea churned in Adele’s stomach.”

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Kay Garrett

    “I need to talk to you.”
    One hand on the aluminum stepladder, I peered out the broom closet door, wondering who needed me and why she whispered about it so urgently.
    BUTTER OFF DEAD
    By Leslie Budewitz

  8. Caryl Kane

    Great post, Carrie!

    Mary, Did You Know?

    Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
    Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
    Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
    This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you
    Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
    Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
    Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
    And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God
    Mary did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know
    The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again
    The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb
    Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
    Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
    Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
    This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am
    Mary did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know

  9. Anneliese Dalaba

    My first favorite was Oh, Holy Night and in particular the verse that Becky shared above. So I will tell you another favorite of mine that I heard sung by Evie Tournquist years and years ago, yet it still speaks. It’s called No Room.

    No room, only a manger of hay.
    No room, He is a stranger today.
    No room. Here in His world turned away.
    No room. No room.

    Angels, in heaven up yonder.
    Watch with amazement and wonder
    To see the Son of the Highest treated so.

    No room, here in the hearts of mankind.
    No room. No cheery welcome to find.
    No room. Surely the world is blind.
    No room. No room.

    And then Evie goes into the song Have You Any Room For Jesus. It challenges the heart.

  10. Michelle Connell

    I love so many Christmas carols! One favorite is Gloria in Excelsis Deo. And I love Casting Crown’s rendition of I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  11. Nicole Santana

    Merry Christmas!

    Today on my blog I am featuring Desert Duet by Debra Marvin. I’m just beginning chapter 3, so I will leave the first line from that chapter.

    “The new gray fedora, with its crisp, black grosgrain band, would be a stylish, but dismal failure at preventing sunburn.”

    I’m really enjoying this story! Happy Friday. 😊

  12. Phyllis - Among the Reads

    What a great idea! It is so hard to pick just one favorite Christmas hymn. Just reading the lines that others have put here is making me a little teary. Thank you for changing this up for us this week, Carrie. I do hope and pray that things start to get better for you soon. I’ve had a tough year as well and am so thankful for God’s sustaining grace in carrying me through, and the joy that He gives in the midst of trials.

    I think that I’ll have to pick the verse of Silent Night that goes like this:

    Silent Night, Holy Night
    Son of God, Love’s pure light
    Radiant beams from Thy holy face
    With the dawn of redeeming grace
    Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
    Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

    I love that in this season His name is proclaimed so beautifully and so widely.

    Merry Christmas!!

  13. Melissa

    The Gathering (Darkness Rising Book 1)
    by Kelley Armstrong

    “Serena stood on the rock ledge twenty feet above the lake, singing in a voice known to bring tears to the eyes of everyone who heard it.”

  14. Iola

    My favourite hymn is In the Bleak Midwinter … because I’d never heard it before we went to live in London. Why would I? Christmas in New Zealand is the start of summer. Here’s the opening:

    In the bleak midwinter
    Frosty wind made moan
    Earth stood strong as iron
    Water like a stone
    Snow was falling snow on snow
    Snow on snow
    In the bleak midwinter
    Long ago

    I’m sharing from All is Bright by Andrea Grigg over on my blog, a wonderful novella set in Australia … which means a summer Christmas (FYI, that’s normal for me. Not so normal for most of you, or for my Icelandic pastor and his family.)

    Blessings as you celebrate the birth of our Saviour this week!

  15. Natalya Lakhno

    Merry Christmas everyone!!!

    I have traveled many moonless nights
    Cold and weary with a babe inside
    And I wonder what I’ve done
    Holy father you have come
    And chosen me now to carry your son

    I am waiting in a silent prayer
    I am frightened by the load I bear
    In a world as cold as stone
    Must I walk this path alone?
    Be with me now
    Be with me now

    Breath of heaven
    Hold me together
    Be forever near me
    Breath of heaven
    Breath of heaven
    Lighten my darkness
    Pour over me your holiness
    For you are holy
    Breath of heaven

    Do you wonder as you watch my face
    If a wiser one should have had my place
    But I offer all I am
    For the mercy of your plan
    Help me be strong
    Help me be
    Help me

    Breath of heaven
    Hold me together
    Be forever near me
    Breath of heaven
    Breath of heaven
    Lighten my darkness
    Pour over me your holiness
    For you are holy

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