“Begin and Never Cease”

This morning was like most when I wake up, it was a struggle. But I had caught up on some sleep over the weekend finally and was actually motivated to get out of bed. While fixing some oatmeal I caved and put on some Christmas music. It was cold inside, I felt peaceful and it just seemed appropriate.

Now this wasn’t Mariah Carey or Nat King Cole. Love ’em, not yet tho. I put on what has become my favorite Christmas album, with only four tracks. “The Oh Hellos’ Family Christmas” has amazing acoustic instrumentation with a perfect blend of vocals to compliment it. It’s set up in four movements that create the four tracks. Each one has it’s parts that makes me love them, but my favorite is “Mvmt II, Begin and Never Cease” (also commonly known as “While Shepard’s Watched Their Flocks by Night.”)

This is classic that really isn’t heard all that much in the contemporary church any more. About four minutes into the song it transitions into “Come Let Us Adore Him” and they just start laying into the percussion and jammin’! This part always gives me chills. Something in music has always connected and moved me. As I felt that swell in emotion it comes back to “Begin and Never Cease” with the whole band getting louder and more full with

“All glory be to God on high,

And to the Earth be peace,

Good will henceforth from God to man,

Begin and never cease,

Begin and never cease.”

Ugghhhhhhhh, yes. Amazing. Moves me every time. These lyrics are timeless. It got me thinking, what does it mean to begin and never cease? Is it referring to acts of good works? God’s good will towards man?

For me it resonates with call to serve the Lord and never cease. Or maybe it’s His love coming down in the form of Jesus that begins a new era of love and life from God to us. It’s just begun and will never cease henceforth. Either way it’s an encouragement that I needed to hear.

Hear it for yourself and let me know what you think. Listen to all of the movements as well!

“Begin and Never Cease”



One thought on ““Begin and Never Cease”

  1. Yes! Stu, this is amazing! I’m gonna probably end up listening to all the songs now as I work. And you bring up a great point – begin and never cease. In my mind it means a few things: begin the good work in us and never cease transforming us into to image of His perfect design for us…but also for us to begin the plan that he’s put before us, and never cease to carry out that plan – regardless of circumstance or situation.

    Thanks for sharing Stu, and I hope all is well!

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