Good Tidings of Great Joy!





“Composer George Frideric Handel was bankrupt when in 1741 a group of Dublin charities offered him a commission to write a musical work.  It was for a benefit performance to raise funds to free men from a debtors’ prison.  He accepted that commission and gave himself tirelessly to work on it. 


“In just 24 days, Handel composed the well-known masterpiece Messiah, which contains “The Hallelujah Chorus.”  During that time, he never left his home and often went without eating.  At one point, a servant found him weeping over his evolving score.  Recounting his experience, Handel wrote, “Whether I was in my body or out of my body as I wrote it I know not.  God knows.”  Afterward he also said, “I did think I did see all heaven before me and the great God Himself.”


I was so blessed by this that I wanted to share it.  It’s an excerpt from the December 20th devotional in “Our Daily Bread,” a quarterly devotional published by rbc Ministries .  This particular entry was written by Vernon Grounds.  I hope it blesses you, too.


May you all be overwhelmed by the magnificence of God’s great Gift to us, His Son, Jesus Christ, Emanuel, God with us!  

Merry Christmas!