The first Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay:
In fields where they lay a keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far:
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night.
Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

And by the light of that same star
Three wise men came from the country far;
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.


Psalm 9:7-10 & 18

But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
    he has established his throne for justice,
and he judges the world with righteousness;
    he judges the peoples with uprightness.
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
And those who know your name put their trust in you,
    for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
    and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever

Galatians 2:9-10

…and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.


The First Noel — the first Christmas song — was sung to shepherds. A chorus for the low-income nightshift workers of the day. To those with a dead end job, struggling to make ends meet. Encouragement came to those who needed it most. God is speaking loudest to those who are closest to despair. Hope is here. The Father never forgets the poor, even when the eyes of the earth are elsewhere or asleep. The task for us is to remember that which He doesn’t forget. To have our minds awake and alert to the constant rhythm of His thoughts: Heal the sick; Feed the hungry; Remember the poor.

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