I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, since I don’t know how much I’ll be on this next week–spending time with family, including taking some time away with my husband for our anniversary right after Christmas.
And as much as I enjoy all the seasonal Christmas “stuff,” including Santa Claus (since I’m married to him!), I wanted to share some readings (scripture, prayer, and poetic greeting) that really focus on why I celebrate this season:
John 1:1-14 (Jerusalem Bible)
In the beginning was the Word:
the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through Him all things came to be,
not one thing had its being but through Him.
All that came to be had life in Him
and that life was the light of men,
a light that shines in the dark,
a light that darkness could not overpower.
A man came, sent by God.
His name was John.
He came as a witness,
as a witness to speak for the light,
so that everyone might believe through him.
He was not the light,
only a witness to speak for the light.
The Word was the truth light
that enlightens all men;
and He was coming into the world.
He was in the world
that had its being through Him,
and the world did not know Him.
He came to His own domain
and His own people did not accept Him.
But to all who did accept Him
He gave power to become children of God,
to all who believe in the name of Him
who was born not out of human stock
or urge of the flesh
or will of man
but of God Himself.
The Word was made flesh,
He lived among us,
and we saw His glory,
the glory that is His as the only Son of the Father,
full of grace and truth.
Prayer from Peter Marshall
We yearn, our Father, for the simple beauty of Christmas–for all the old familiar melodies and words that remind us of that great miracle when He who had made all things was one night to come as a Babe, to lie in the crook of a woman’s arm.
Before such mystery we kneel, as we follow the Shepherds and Wise Men to bring Thee the gift of our love–a love we confess that has not always been as warm or sincere or real as it should have been. But now, on this Christmas Day, that love would find its Beloved, and from Thee receive the grace to make it pure again, warm and real.
We bring Thee our gratitude for every token of Thy love.
Peace on Earth
This is God’s Christmas greeting.
In the beautiful story of Jesus’ birth,
it was sung by a chorus of angelic voices.
Heard at first only by Judean shepherds outside the town of Bethlehem,
nevertheless, it is a message that the whole world should hear.
On each Christmas Day,
God repeats His greeting.
Merry Christmas–and God’s peace to each of you.