Saturday, December 1, 2012

lo, how a rose e'er blooming

dear emily,

i was working at my computer when i noticed a lovely pink hue to the
room.   looking out the kitchen window,  i gasped at the reddish-rosy
glow in the sky.    while taking pictures, i couldn't believe that it was
december 1st, 80 degrees, and my roses were still blooming.

then i thought of one of my favorite Christmas hymns, "lo, how a rose
e'er blooming."

lo, how a rose e'er blooming from tender stem hath sprung?
of jesse's lineage coming, as men of old have sung.
it came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,
when half spent was the night

isaiah 'twas foretold it, the Rose i have in mind;
mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind.
to show God's love aright, she bore to us a Saviour,
when half spent was the night . . .


700 years before the birth of Christ, "therefore the Lord himself will
give you a sign:  the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a
Son, and will call him Immanuel."   isaiah 7:14


Sonja said...

700 years before Christ, isn't it amazing??

When I read this it made me wish I could hear you sing it!

Vee said...

One of my favorites and we so seldom hear it. I think it's amazing that your roses are still blooming as well...what a precious reminder.

Felisol - Elise Ljung said...

I love the hymn. Think it's German originally. Es ist ein Rose entsprongen. I have it on my ipod. We used to sing it in school, and a wonderful play was made about it.
The wonderful things about these hymns are the memories filling the head and soul while singing.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I have never heard this carol, so lovely to read it today ... you are doing a great job of preparing us for the blessing of Christmas ... thanks.

Debbie said...

I have never heard this hymn before, but I sure enjoyed the words to it! Gorgeous view out your window. It is still pretty warm here too. Enjoy your day!

High Heeled Life said...

Wonderful carol ... the words have magic in them. So wonderful that you still have roses in December. Your photos are lovely ...Blessings, xo C. (HHL)

MyMaracas said...

I haven't heard this carol either. Thanks for sharing it. And I love the photo of the guys on the bench below.

Farm Girl said...

You know I don't think I have ever sang that song but I have read the words. My roses are still blooming and they looks so pretty too.
That is a beautiful sunset.

Single and Sane said...

I missed that sunset but a couple of friends posted it on FB last night...absolutely beautiful. We've had some amazing sunsets this fall.

The song is beautiful, as well. I'm glad those e'er blooming roses brought it to your mind.

Lisa said...

That is such a beautiful hymn! I'm so glad you reminded me of it. And what a gorgeous sunset!
PS It's been hot here ,too.So hard to believe it's December.

S. Etole said...

Such colorful beauty.

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

beautiful...reading out of Isaiah this morning with the boys

Yes 80 degrees down here also, windows up and it is December

Rita said...

What a sunset dear Lea!
It's cold and rainy here... need to stay inside and enjoy the warmth of home.
sending blessings your way

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Such a beautiful hymn, and such gorgeous photos. You are always filled with lovely words and thoughts to share.


Karen June Miller said...

The Bible foretold His coming in so many prophecies. To think that so many choose not to SEE, even trying to dissect Christ from Christmas.

This hymn is one of my favorite, most poignant songs to sing. If you have a chance, check out First Call's A Capella version of this.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I love that little poem.

Smiles from Idaho,

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Lea, "Lo how a Rose..." is one of my very favorite Advent hymns...It is so gorgeous. Would love to hear it MORE.

That hymn goes so well with your photos... Awesome.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Glorious photos.