Blogs

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Friday, December 16, 2016 by Barb

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

 

“Hark!—Listen and Pay Attention!”

The other day, a friend told me about some great training he received when he started working at a hospital. I’ll call it the 10-5-3 plan.

When he sees another person while walking the halls at the hospital, he is to do the following things.

At ten steps away, he is to acknowledge the person. At five steps, he is to smile. And at three steps, he is to ask, “Can I help you?”

What a wonderful way to assure folks don’t roam the halls, lost and frustrated. What if we applied this training at work or church? So often, we ask how someone is doing and hear, “I’m fine.”

Perhaps, that’s true. But it’s equally as likely that the person secretly longs for personal attention: a nod or a smile, a word of encouragement or direction, a hug or a pat on the back.

And what if we applied this training to our spiritual walk? What if we took time to notice and acknowledge all the blessings God has placed in our lives? Took more time to pray—to verbally acknowledge God in prayer. And took more time to physically reach out and show His love to others.

God took this time for us. He brought reconciliation, light, and life. He looked beyond Himself and ministered to us. As the song proclaims: “Mild He lays His glory by; born that man no more may die.”

10-5-3. Or how about . . . at ALL times?

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. ALWAYS be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15).

And the reason for our hope?

“May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

 

 

Share This Blog:


 

 


Previous Posts

God-Moments
Barbara E. Haley
6/8/2019

When Life Happens!
Barbara Haley
1/23/2019

Great Deals for Christmas!
Barb Haley
11/24/2018

Guardian Angel to the Rescue
Barbara E. Haley
9/16/2018

Biz On the Go Now Available!
Barb Haley
6/10/2018

Nothing Compares!
Barb Haley
4/5/2018

STUCK in your Comfort Zone?
Barb Haley
2/5/2018

There's a Song in the Air!
Barbara E. Haley
12/15/2017

When you think you're finished, and then . . . God!
Barb Haley
8/6/2017

Those Branches HAD to Go!
Barb
5/30/2017

Eight Years Later ...
Barb
1/9/2017

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Barb
12/16/2016

O Holy Night
Barb
12/15/2016

A White Christmas
Barb
12/13/2016

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!
Barb
12/12/2016

We Three Kings
Barb
12/11/2016

Birthday of a King
Barb
12/10/2016

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Barb
12/9/2016

Hallelujah Chorus
Barb
12/8/2016

Joy to the World
Barb
12/7/2016

Do You Hear What I Hear?
Barb
12/6/2016

O Little Town of Bethlehem
Barb
12/5/2016

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Barb
12/4/2016

Angels From the Realms of Glory
Barb
12/3/2016

Silent Night
Barb
12/2/2016

A Closer Look at the Christmas Carols
Barb
12/1/2016

When Prayers Take a LONG TIME to be Answered
Barb Haley
10/19/2016

Anybody Up for a Bit of Transformation?
Barb Haley
9/24/2016

Diving in the Wind
Barb
8/16/2016

Because I Can!
Barb
7/12/2016

Baby Steps
Barb
6/30/2016

No Help From Me
Barb
6/12/2016

Day One: Do I Need a Blindfold, Lord?
Barb
6/10/2016

Depression? I'd Kick It if I Could
Barb
6/9/2016

God Has Our Backs
Barb
2/8/2016

The Winner Is...
Barb
11/30/2015

Sample sections from A Second Wind
Barb
11/28/2015

Has Anyone Heard From the Lord Lately?
Barb
9/13/2015

The Emotional Strain of Chronic Pain
Barb
9/8/2015

Why does God test us?
Barb
1/29/2015

Inciting Incident-What?s That?
Barb
9/1/2014

Act One?the Ordinary World
Barb
8/24/2014

Tell Me the Story of Jesus
Barb
8/14/2014

Story or Plot?
Barb
8/8/2014

True Light
Barb
4/15/2014

Words of Love Last Forever!
Barb
7/19/2012

Alzheimer's-Not the Only Way to Let Go
Barb
7/9/2012

The Hunger Games
Barb
6/26/2012

What Would God Say?
Barb
6/13/2012

Keeping It All Inside
Barb
6/3/2012

The Rest of the Story
Barb
5/29/2012

Trust and Obey
Barb
5/25/2012

Hidden Dirt
Barb
5/22/2012

One Layer at a Time
Barb
5/17/2012

Welcome!
Barb
5/15/2012