Saturday, December 25, 2010

merry christmas

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them "Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."  Luke 2: 9-12

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Christian Christmas Symbols

Christmas tree...The tree was an evergreen to symbolize God's everlasting love.  They used lights to represent stars of the heavens, and a big star on top to represent the one like the wisemen followed to see Baby Jesus.

Gifts...Giving a gift is an act of love like God's love for us in sending Jesus.  Each gift, as beautiful as we can make it, reminds us of the perfect gift, Jesus Christ as our Saviour.

Candle...To show how we are to be a light unto the world just as Jesus is the light unto the world.

Bell...They are used to announce the birth of the Savior and to call us to worship Him.

Wreath...The wreath's color reminds us of the gracious gifts of god ~ a reminder of the greatest gift in Jesus.  The circle tells of God's unending love for us as He offers us salvation.

Holly...Holly's thorn-like leaves remind us of Jesus' crown of thorns.  The berries symbolize the drops of blood.

A Christmas Prayer

Loving Father, help us to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men.  Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world.  Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.  Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.  May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake.  Amen!  Robert Louis Stevenson