Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Painting: "The Lord is My Shepherd" - Simon Dewey
This year I have been thinking a lot about how to make Christmas more meaningful and Christ-centered. In addition to WWJE (What Would Jesus Eat?), our fun, themed Christmas dinner, I want to do more.
As a child, there was a time when I thought "X-mas" was a swear word. (I think I wrote it on a card once and my parents didn't like it too much.) Although technically not a swear word, it is my least favorite abbreviation. My parents taught me that Jesus was the real reason we celebrated Christmas and that to cut his name out of the holiday wasn't right.
I thought about this as I was picking up a few supplies at a craft store last night. As I looked through the Christmas stash, I noticed that the whole wall display of ornaments included dozens of snowmen, reindeer and miniature Santas. There was also one that said "Merry X-mas." I searched through all of them, looking for one that represented the purpose of Christmas. With the exception of one (maybe two) angel ornaments, the rest were sparkly secular-themed decorations. Don't misunderstand - I'm a huge fan of the fat, jolly man and the magic he brings to Christmas. But let's not forget the real magic that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ brings-eternal life and salvation!
Here are the lyrics to one of my favorite Christmas songs. Listening to the beautiful musical arrangement and words that express the happiness and gratitude I feel toward my Savior made me teary-eyed on my drive to work.
"Mary Did You Know?" - Mark Lowry
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.
Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.
The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb.
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I am.
Posted by Tiffers at 11:59 AM