Celebrating Christmas

God, our loving Father, help us remember the
birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of
the angels, the gladness of the shepherds and
the wisdom of the wise men.

Close the door of hate and open the door of love
all over the world.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which
Christ brings and teach us to be merry with
clean hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy
to be your children and the Christmas evening
bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)

5 thoughts on “Celebrating Christmas

  1. What a wonderful message Naomi, thank you for sharing it, yes Christmas is about Love but not wishy washy love but strong Love, that’s honest and sincere and is all about God’s Truth, which we stand up for, yes we Love Him and others enough to be hated, rejected, ignored, slandered, abused and even killed and why because He Loved us first and we want the whole world to know… How Great our God is, He sent Jesus to redeem us and set us free.

    Christian Love in Unity in Christ Jesus- Anne.

    • Thank you Anne, for your insightful comment and link to some of the most beautiful hymns. I really love “How Great Thou Art”, that is so moving. At the risk of appearing old fashioned, I agree with the commenter who said that most modern Christian music cannot compare with the great hymns of the faith. The old hymns have a quiet dignity and sense of humble awe that seems to have been lost with much modern music, at least to my ears and heart.

      Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. You are so right Naomi, yes there is a place for new Spiritual songs and the old ones but most of the Hymns have reverence and Truth, although we still need to be careful as some have error , one that I heard was praising Mother God the Creator and referred to God as weary father god, there has been others too that were very much man’s own understanding but this is the same with all lyrics in songs, we must confirm them with Scripture, some Secular songs are very evil but others have Truth, God’s seeds are every where but yes so are Satans.

    God tells us to have a balance in our Worship as confirmed in the Scriptures below, I love Scripture in Song or Psalms in Song, they were popular when I first started going to Church. A New Commandment and Bind us together were my faviourites, I have posted them on my Blog.

    Colossians 3:15-17And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.

    Ephesians 5:18-20 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

    Blessings – Anne

  3. Hi,
    I read your article on Tim Spiess from Jesus Families and found it very interesting. I had just printed a few articles off his website and was looking for more. That is where I ran across your blog. I enjoyed your article.
    I do have concern with your post on Christmas. While you were quick to dismiss his views on the Old and New Testament, I noticed you have no problem mentioning Christmas. You do realize it is a pagan holiday after the tradition of men, not of God.
    Just wanting to know your thoughts.
    Thanks again.

    • Hi Paula,

      Sorry I’ve taken so long to read through and approve your comment. I’ve been offline over the last 8 months or so due to work issues assuming more of a focus than they should have.
      I found your question about the origins of Christmas really interesting so thought you might like to take a look at the following article:

      http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-Christmas.html

      Let me know your thoughts.

      Naomi

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