In the Bleak Midwinter

For so many, the darkest days of the year that lead up to December 21st, the first day of winter are bleak.  Last night, I watched coverage about a massive snow storm in Romania and the rainy weekend the Northeast endured where many are wondering when the rain will end.

My Sunday was spent in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area shopping with a friend, laughing all the way and attending a wonderful children’s Christmas Concert at a local church.   The children sang their hearts out!  And then there were the angels.  Oh! How they lit up the stage in their wings and waved to the audience of family and friends.  Exactly what our angels are supposed to do in our lives, make us feel like we are valuable and protected.

On our drive back to my hotel, I kind of forgot the bleakness I oftentimes see this week of darkness.  It was strangely a spectacularly beautiful day here in the Twin Cities with a balmy temperature of 48 degrees.  And the sunset had some of the most fabulous colors I have seen in the week leading up to the shortest day of the year.  Hoping that you have one of those days soon!

So, if you have one of those bleak midwinter days, listen to this.  Susan Boyle’s voice somehow makes the day better.

Listen to Susan Boyle singing “In the Bleak Midwinter.”

1. In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

2. Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty,
Jesus Christ.

3. Enough for Him, whom cherubim
Worship night and day,
A breastful of milk
And a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels
Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel
Which adore.

4. Angels and archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air,
But only His mother
In her maiden bliss,
Worshiped the Beloved
With a kiss.

5. What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.

Shared by Marcie Doll

Published by marciedoll

I have enjoyed working for over 20 years in the education and publishing spaces creating accessible learning environments for all students. My teaching experiences led me into supporting schools in need of improvement and creating and delivering professional development to teachers and leaders. And then I moved into selling educational materials, programs, technology, and services. Most recently, I have been developing content for innovative learning programs in K-12 and museum spaces. For the past 17 years serving on the board of the Collegiate Corporation, I have led initiatives in women's leadership, stewardship, development, virtual strategy, and educational programs for youth and families. Outside of the learning and non-profit spaces, I enjoy blogging about faith and inspiring women. I have a passion for travel, where you might find me exploring national parks, museums, and finding the best local restaurant to eat. I capture my adventures digitally with my camera. My photography has appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and Australia in 2019 and 2020, on television in the United States, and was chosen from over 100,000 entries to appear in a well-known photography magazine.

2 thoughts on “In the Bleak Midwinter

  1. Excellent interpretation on the darkness that can be dispelled with music, children, sunsets, and angels. We just must seek these and they can be found.

  2. Oh Marcie! This is my favorite so far and exactly what I’ve been waiting for! My second favorite was still sitting in my Inbox – A Lesson From the Jewish New Year! You are a natural writer, a natural photographer, a natural sales person – is there anything you can’t do?! I had SO much fun on Sunday with you and can’t thank you enough for coming with me to Jeremiah and Eli’s concert! Not too many people would have accepted the invitation so willingly and with an open heart! I am so blessed to call you friend!!

    I absolutely LOVED Carver Junk Co. and can’t wait to take you to Siren, WI and take you to Barn Dance! Soon!

    I hope your meetings went well today and you have an even more productive meeting in Grand Rapids – and then Iowa!

    I just made my Deviled Eggs – kind of a variation of the Bacon Deviled and Classic eggs. We’ll see how they go over. Off to bed. Sleep well my friend and safe travels tomorrow, Wednesday, and then home!

    Love, Deb

    On Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 5:30 AM Marble Women’s Ministry Advent Blog wrote:

    > marciedoll posted: “For so many, the darkest days of the year that lead up > to December 21st, the first day of winter are bleak. Last night, I watched > coverage about a massive snow storm in Romania and the rainy weekend the > Northeast endured where many are wondering when the” >

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