Hallelujah




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When I was growing up, our church performed Handel’s Messiah as a gift to the community each year. When I was a senior in high school, I was able to play my violin in the performance. I was thrilled to be part of something I had watched my grandma, my aunt, and my mom perform in every year growing up. During a rehearsal, as we practiced the Hallelujah chorus, something happened. An incredible feeling of warmth and love came over me, and I couldn’t see the music through my tears. It is not a quiet song, and I don’t think anyone noticed a violin player in the back had stopped playing.
I had heard the song dozens of times before, but that night I knew what was being sung and played was more than just Biblical words set to an amazing score.

It was truth.

That Jesus is King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. The Savior of the World. My Redeemer. It is the greatest gift I have ever been given.

Merry Christmas to each one of you~

19 comments:

  1. Amen, Melissa! Hallelujah to the King of kings and Lord of lords! Merry Christmas.

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  2. We truly have a wonderful legacy-- not just of music, but of stalwart testimony... love you. Got your darling family picture on my fridge!

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  3. He's the reason for the season. Let's remember Him more often than just at Christmas time.

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  4. Beautifully said! Wishing you all God's wonderful blessings forever and ever.

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  5. Hallelujah.. sitting in a desert country far far away gave me goosebumps reading this. Praise God He works in wonderful ways. Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family. Angea

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  6. I LOVED your testimonial of the same truth that I believe with all my heart! Too often, Jesus Christ is forgotten...More should reflect on His life and sacrifice...Truly, He is God's gift to all the world!

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  7. The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. No truer words were ever spoken.

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  8. Love it. This morning all 5 of my kids were singing/ humming it-- and it wasn't even playing. It is so powerful. Merry Christmas!

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  9. I agree-amen! And I hope your family had a Merry Christmas!

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  10. It IS truth! THE truth!! And oh, it's life-changing when it enters your heart as well as your head, isn't it?

    What a beautiful post, Melissa. And what a beautiful woman you are. I'm so glad I know you!!

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  11. What a wonderful Christmas message!! Just listening to Handel's music you just know he was divinely inspired! Thanks for your testimony!

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  12. I've had that overwhelming feeling when you're reminded of his grace, power and love. That feeling where you can't do anything but just sit in your blurry tears, trying to catch your breath. Music tends to do this to me too.

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  13. Thank you for sharing your testimony. What a wonderful experience. It touched my heart.

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  14. Yes! The Hallelujah chorus always brings me to tears too and strengthens my testimony of Christ! Merry Christmas! :)

    Fun fact: After Handel had written the chorus, his assistant found him sobbing. His concerned assistant asked why he was sobbing and Handel responded "I thought I saw the face of God."

    And I believe it!

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  15. Thank You for sharing this. I feel the same way... Great to find Kindred Spirits, even in a virtual setting.. Blessings...

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  16. Wonderful story. Thank you for sharing your feelings! Merry Christmas a day late.

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