Friday, December 24, 2010

Have A Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Dear Friends and Visitors,

Christmas Eve is almost here! This is often a busy day for most people. It certainly is for me so I just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! May the blessings of Jesus Christ be upon you and your loved ones during the celebration of the miraculous occasion almost 2,000 years ago - the birth of the Savior of the world - JESUS CHRIST!

In the previous blog post entitled If Our Greatest Need Was... I wrote about the fact that the "politically correct" greetings around this time of year generally do not include the mention of the name of Jesus Christ or why he came to earth for our salvation.


Can't say that!

It's deemed "too religious" or a host of other excuses are used.

In the comment thread, Stevex09 shared:

Hey Christine;
I couldn't agree with you more. A person is very hard pressed to find anything about Jesus Christ or at least the mention of his name at this time of year. It saddens me immensely. Last week I took Sandy and went to a friend's home where about 7 others were gathered and we read the Christmas story from Luke and Matthew. What a great and edifying time I had. (Sandy is my Shi-Tzu). Take comfort that not all of us has forgotten what Christmas is all about.

I sincerely wish you and your family a wonderful and blessed Christmas day.

In my reply to Steve I wrote:

Hi Steve,

It warms my heart to hear about fellow Christians gathering and sharing the TRUE meaning of Christmas together - the Person Jesus Christ. He is the Light of the world!

Someone recently asked me, "why do people put Christmas lights up on their homes."

The answer is that it originally was meant to recognize that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is the Light of the World!

Of course, many people who do not know Him would probably have other reasons for putting the lights up. But how ironic it is to realize that they inadvertently are recognizing Jesus Christ through their actions.

I have a great post coming up that I can't wait to share with everyone!

As each busy day passes, I find that my time on the computer has been very limited! Right now, I only have about 10 minutes to spend online.

I am really looking forward to creating the new post! I'll give you a hint - it is about studying the word "power" in the Bible. It occurred to me that people probably wouldn't care less about other's belief in Jesus [and the outward expressions of the true meaning of Christmas] if they truly believed, in their heart of hearts, that there wasn't any power in His Holy Name!

I will be working on the essay over the next day or so until it gets done!

Anyway, have a Merry and Blessed Christmas! All the best to you and yours in the coming New Year!


As Roy Lessin wrote in his wonderful piece of prose:

...But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Saviour.


Susan Smith said...

Thank you for your Christmas greeting Christine. You are so right on target concerning the LIGHT and the power of the Holy Spirit.

The power of God set me free from more than 20 years of living in a lifestyle that is an abomination in the eyes of the One God of Israel. There is no other god except the One God of Israel.

The power of God set me free from bi-polar disorder and from more than 30 years of alcohol dependence. There is no other god except the One God of Israel.

I have been called a Jew. I have been called a Christian. I have been called a dyke, and I have been called crazy. I follow a Jewish rabbi. Psalm 103:3 tells us the Lord forgives all our sins and the Lord heals all our diseases. I am here today to proclaim Jesus is LORD!

I love you Christine!! (ss)

GMpilot said...

I cannot help but wonder why the God who set Susan Smith free from bi-polar disorder and from more than 30 years of alcohol dependence would allow her to suffer from them in the first place; alcoholism is self-inflicted, but so-called “free will” does not apply to illnesses such as bipolar disorder.

But this is the second-highest day on the Christian calendar, and I'm on vacation, along with a great many others. Asking such questions now would only spoil things. So...

Merry Christmas to you, too, hostess.

Maggie@MaggiesNotebook said...

In the name of Jesus Christ, King of King, Lord of Lords, I pray his blessing for each of us and for this great nation.

Merry Christmas Christine,

Christinewjc said...

Merry Christmas Susan, GMpilot and Maggie!

I hope that each of you enjoyed Christmas Day! Our family certainly did!

Great prayer, Maggie.

And Susan, no matter WHAT negative titles others may attempt to put upon you, they can NEVER take away the fact that YOU are loved by Jesus! (and me too!)

Anonymous said...

Why can people say "Happy Kwanzaa" or "Happy Hanukkah" and not "Merry Christmas" but they say "Happy Holidays?"

I would feel disrespected if people couldn't say "Hello" to me or couldn't recognize me.

Should I take this as a slight or are people disrespecting Christmas? I would feel disrespected if someone didn't say "Hello to me". I would feel disrespected if people didn't recognize my name and didn't call me by name.