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S.A.N.S. 321: The First Noel

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is seven days away. The older I get, the quick time seems to fly by. Rather to write about the 12 days of Christmas with a corresponding song, the final week of Advent will have to do. The artists selected for this week were a joint venture between my wife Leanne and I. I wanted to pay homage to famous singers who became icons in American culture. Holly Starr’s rise to acclaim began on My Space and has led to multiple top 25 songs.

For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord! 12 And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find [[c]after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger, Luke 2:11-12.

Holly’s version of The First Noel sets the tone for the reason of this season. Noel comes from Latin which means birthday. While the birth of any child is a special occasion, Mary gave birth to the future Savior of the world, John 3:16-17. From a historical perspective, Jesus was born between 4 and 5 BC. When you consider the baby boys under two were slaughtered by Herod the Great’s edict. Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt to seek refuge until his death in 4 BC. This First Noel’s life was saved by God.

by Jay Mankus

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