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THE MEANING OF MERRY CHRISTMAS TO A CHRISTIAN

"For unto us a child is born .. His Name shall be called Wonderful,Counselor,
The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

For a Christian, the joy of Christmas does not end or is not exclusively

a time or date to celebrate. The whole theme of our celebration is based

as much on the death and resurrection of Jesus as it is His glorious birth.

The spirit of love and generosity and forgiveness that we often feel more

keenly during this time of year is the afterglow of Calvary! The immeasurable

Gift of God to us cannot compare with any earthly gift we could give to

one another. We love and adore Him all year, but it's good to have a time

when we focus upon and again remember and pay homage for the greatest

Gift given to mankind .. God gave us hope for eternal life in the

Person of Jesus Christ our Lord!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

A phrase we use often during the holidays. I'd like to delve into the meaning

of 'merry' so we can have a fresh view of the saying and remember better the

true meaning of the well wishing greeting. The word, 'Merry' is from an old

Anglo Saxon word meaning "famous, great, mighty, illustrious"

It did not necessarily imply 'mirth' or 'merriment' in the same way we use it

today. Rather, it expressed the meaning of "strength, gallantry, valour"

Gallant soldiers were called 'Merry Men' .. good weather, 'Merry Weather'

London was called in days of old, "Merry London" .. The word carries a

double meaning of 'might and mirth' in the original form and in scripture.

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" an early Christmas Carol, speaks of a

spiritual merriment that we as Christians should feel and display because

we know that we are one of God's family because of the Gift of Salvation

which came to us by Jesus, giving us new life in a new birth!

So with that in mind, let us wish each other a

MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Love and Good Will to You All!

In Christ Our Lord,

Genelle

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Picture Courtesy of Pat Ann at Pann's Place