Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fullness of time. . .

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman,
born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons,
God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
crying, "Abba! Father!" Galatians 4:4:-6

All My Heart This Night My Rejoices
Hymn by Paul Gerhardt 1656
translated from German by Catherine Winkworth 

All my heart this night rejoices,
As I hear, far and near, sweetest angel voices;
"Christ is born," their choirs are singing,
Till the air, everywhere, now their joy is ringing.

Forth today the Conqueror goeth,
Who the foe, sin and woe, death and hell, o'erthroweth.
God is man, man to deliver;
His dear Son now is one with our blood forever.

Shall we still dread God's displeasure,
Who, to save, freely gave His most cherished Treasure?
To redeem us, He hath given

His own Son from the throne of His might in Heaven.

Should He who Himself imparted
Aught withhold from the fold, leave us broken hearted?
Should the Son of God not love us,
Who, to cheer sufferers here, left His throne above us?

If our blessed Lord and Maker
Hated men, would He then be of flesh partaker?
If He in our woe delighted,
Would He bear all the care of our race benighted?

He becomes the Lamb that taketh
Sin away and for aye full atonement maketh.
For our life His own He tenders
And our race, by His grace, meet for glory renders.

For it dawns, the promised morrow
Of His birth, Who the earth rescues from her sorrow.
God to wear our form descendeth;
Of His grace to our race here His Son He sendeth.

Hark! a voice from yonder manger,
Soft and sweet, doth entreat, "Flee from woe and danger;
Brethren, come; from all that grieves you

You are freed; all you need I will surely give you."
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Come, then, let us hasten yonder;
Here let all, great and small, kneel in awe and wonder,
Love Him Who with love is yearning;
Hail the star that from far bright with hope is burning.

Blessed Savior, let me find Thee!
Keep Thou me close to Thee, cast me not behind Thee!
Life of life, my heart Thou stillest,
Calm I rest on Thy breast, all this void Thou fillest.

Thee, dear Lord, with heed I'll cherish;
Live to Thee and with Thee, dying, shall not perish;
But shall dwell with Thee for ever,

Far on high, in the joy that can alter never.
  For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
   and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Project Details

Stamps: Layers of Color Christmas Blessings and Christmas Verses
Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake, Cranberry Crisp, Very Vanilla
Ink: Ranger Distress Antique Linen and Vintage Photo, SU Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Cranberry Crisp
Accessories: Spellbinders Labels 18, SU Pearls and crochet trim lace, Simplicity Lace, Sizzix Tim Holz Embossing Folder, doily, Stampendous Embossing Powders Garnet and Vintage White, Bic markers, pearl brad.

Merry Christmas! jme ~ SDG


  1. Very beautiful card and post! EVERYTHING changed at the birth of our LORD and SAVIOR glorious it will be to abide in His presence forever!

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon:)
    Joanne xo

  3. Oh, so lovely, Jan Marie! What a beautiful hymn! I always enjoy the old hymns very much! Your card is very beautiful...such wonderful Scripture stamps! The colors you used are so pretty! Thank you so much!...Nancy :o)

  4. Beautiful, Jan Marie. So lovely to read once again of the nativity and thoughts surrounding it.
    Christmas Blessings to you and yours

  5. This is beautiful Jan Marie. Beautiful hymn. Thank you for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ.

  6. Beautiful card, Jan!

    Merry Christmas, my friend!

  7. Hi again! Hope your Christmas was wonderful. I wanted to mention that your cards would be so perfect to enter at Word Art Wednesday. You always love using scripture in your work anyway, so why not win an amazing prize? Head on over to and link up one of these beautiful cards. We need participants, and YOU are the perfect person to enter this gorgeous God-honoring work. People need to see more of your beautiful work. Hope you will check it out. A new challenge just started today.

  8. I found you through Abby at Little Birdie Secrets. Your work is beautiful! I've never heard this hymn, but the words speak to my heart. As you enter the new year, may the God who stills your heart hold you close.


  9. How beautiful this post is! Love the hymn and card.


Thanks for your encouraging words! Have a blessed day!