Sunday, 25 December 2011
The year has swept by, and do you find it hard to believe that already Christmas Day is all but gone?!! Oh, how I love this season, remembering the Saviour's birth! I pray you had a blessed Christmas Day, rejoicing in the joy of Christmas and the Good News that Christ the Saviour is born! This day has been a blessed one, celebrating quietly at home, together with family, thinking and reflecting on the Gift of Love.... and sharing with our loved ones. The smiles, the laughter, the gentle words of a big sister, or the sweet smile of a little sister who opens up a gift with a raptured smile of delight :)... it is all so delightful!
What did we do this Christmas? Well, that's so much to say in one post. We definitely spent so much time as a family together, we laughed, ate, sang, prayed together, played, watched Narnia and the Nativity Movies, opened gifts, fellowshiped and rejoiced in the joy of the Lord, the happiness that comes from HIM! What did you do this Christmas?
I'm so filled with thankfulness for God's love, how He lay down His glory above and came down as a little Child, lived among us as One of us, yet spotless, and died for our salvation! Thank you, Lord Jesus.
"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, 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. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them." Luke 2: 1-20 KJV
I wanted to share this beautiful Christmas hymn composed by Graham Kendrick called, "Thorns in the Straw", a song told from the perspective of Mary the mother of our Lord starting from His birth right up to His death on the cross that is truly inspiring. I pray that you may be as blessed by it as I have been.
P.S. please remember to pause the mixpod music on the right hand sidebar before listening, and then hit play afterwards! Thank you!!!
In His love, may you have a wonderful night and.... Merry Christmas!!!
Lovingly penned by Joy at 11:26 pm