Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Blessed Christmas

For Christmas,
 


 
Every year is so special in different ways. I am so blessed this day, its all because of Jesus who has turned ashes to beauty in my life, the hope and peace he has brought into my life. He is why we celebrate this day, without him there would be no light in this world and no hope to rest in. Please consider the following words,.... if Jesus never came, I read the following passage today and it was very thought provoking to consider without Christ there would be no Christmas yet so many celebrate it without him as I did for many years. Now that I know my Saviour in a personal way, Christmas has become so much more special than ever before. So I just had to share this. 
 
 
This is taken from the Streams in the Desert Daily Devotional
 
Christ our Consolation
 
“His name shall be called Emmanuel . . . God with us.” (Matt. 1:23) .
“The Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6).
“There’s a song in the air!
There’s a star in the sky!
There’s a mother’s deep prayer,
And a baby’s low cry!
And the star rains its fire
While the beautiful sing,
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King.”
 
A few years ago a striking Christmas card was published, with the title, “If Christ had not come.” It was founded upon our Saviour’s words, “If I had not come.” The card represented a clergyman falling into a short sleep in his study on Christmas morning and dreaming of a world into which Jesus had never come.
 
In his dream he found himself looking through his home, but there were no little stockings in the chimney corner, no Christmas bells or wreaths of holly, and no Christ to comfort, gladden and save. He walked out on the public street, but there was no church with its spire pointing to Heaven. He came back and sat down in his library, but every book about the Saviour had disappeared.
 
A ring at the doorbell, and a messenger asked him to visit a poor dying mother. He hastened with, the weeping child and as he reached the home he sat down and said, “I have something here that will comfort you.” He opened his Bible to look for a familiar promise, but it ended at Malachi, and there was no gospel and no promise of hope and salvation, and he could only bow his head and weep with her in bitter despair.
 
Two days afterward he stood beside her coffin and conducted the funeral service, but there was no message of consolation, no word of a glorious resurrection, no open Heaven, but only “dust to dust, ashes to ashes,” and one long eternal farewell. He realized at length that “He had not come,” and burst into tears and bitter weeping in his sorrowful dream.
 
Suddenly he woke with a start, and a great shout of joy and praise burst from his lips as he heard his choir singing in his church close by:
 
“O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him, born the King of Angels,
O come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.”
 
Let us be glad and rejoice today, because “He has come.” And let us remember the annunciation of the angel, “Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10, 11).
 
“He comes to make His blessing flow, Far as the curse is found.”

 
May our hearts go out to the people who have no blessed Christmas day. “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and SEND PORTIONS TO THEM
FOR WHOM NOTHING IS PREPARED.” (Neh. 8:10).

 

Merry Christmas!!

1 comment:

  1. It is awesome to be here for Christmas and such a blessing to remember WHY we celebrate - God is so good!!!!

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