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The King Has Come | From the Editors

  • December 2018 Issue
From the Editors

Did you know that the Moody Radio network plays Christ-centered Christmas music 24 hours a day during December? To listen, download the Moody Radio app, or go to Christ-centered music helps focus our hearts and minds on the reason for this season. We asked some of our Today in the Word team to tell us about their favorite Christmas carols.

Paul Currie, Marketing & Production Manager—“Angels From the Realms of Glory”

Not only is the musical accompaniment phenomenal when played by brass instruments, but there is also deep theology in this Christmas carol:

“Ye who sang creation’s story, now proclaim Messiah’s birth.”

The angels who proclaimed the awesomeness of creation now announced that Jesus had been born. To me, this is a glimpse of the celebrations that happen in heaven when God’s plan is accomplished.

Elena Mafter, Senior Editor

I don’t have a favorite Christmas carol. I’ve grown up without them, or anything else associated with the birth of Jesus. In the Soviet Union of my childhood there was no Christmas. Since then, Christ has taken me very, very far, both geographically and spiritually. Today, as I marvel at the miracle and grace of our Lord and His salvation, I love everything about Christmas—including all carols.

Heather Moffitt, Managing Editor—“Angels We Have Heard on High”

I love the refrain, “Gloria, in excelsis Deo.” The lyrics of the verses connect the angels’ proclamation in Luke 2 with the response of joy from all creation, culminating in the declaration: “Gloria, in excelsis Deo!” And I have beautiful memories of singing it in church in four-part harmony. This song connects us with both the past—the angels’ announcement of Jesus’ birth—and the future, when we’ll all praise the Lord together: “Glory to God in the highest!”

Jamie Janosz, Contributing Editor—“Silent Night”

The quiet simple lyrics and tune of “Silent Night” always help still my heart and focus my mind on the true meaning for this holiday. When I was growing up, my dad would put the Johnny Cash family Christmas album on our record player to begin our Christmas celebration. Even today, hearing this acapella version of “Silent Night” brings joy to my heart and means Christmas has begun.

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BY Jamie Janosz

Jamie Janosz serves as a content development manager for Moody Bible Institute. She writes monthly devotionals for Today in the Word and has published non-fiction essays with Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog. Recently Jamie wrote a book titled When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up (Moody Publishers). Jamie studied theology and writing at Moody Bible Institute, Columbia College, and Illinois State University. She lives on the Atlantic coast of Florida with her husband, Milt, and daughter, Sabrina.

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