Intentional Advent: Day 10

You are invited to participate in An Intentional Advent! Julie Kay Harbour and Leona Dalavai Scott are teaming up to put together this series on thoughtful and intentional ways to prepare our hearts for the Savior’s birth.

In continuing the theme of Bethlehem from yesterday, I wanted to share a little about the history behind the hymn O Little Town of Bethlehem.

The song was written by Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), a great preacher of his time, who served as a pastor in Philadelphia and later Boston. Inspired by a visit to the Holy Land, Brooks wrote this song in 1868 for the children’s Christmas program at Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia. As I was studying this hymn, I was struck by the beauty of some of the phrases of the song, “While mortals sleep, the angels keep Their watch of wondr’ing love,” “So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of His heav’n,” “Where meek souls will receive Him still The dear Christ enters in.”

How has God imparted to your heart the “blessings of His heav’n?”

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