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Thursday, December 30, 2004

What Christmas Means

A little belated, but this is what I'd have posted on Christmas had I managed to spend any time blogging.

Charlie Brown: Isn't there anyone out there who can tell me what Christmas is all about?
Linus: Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you. Lights, please. "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks 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 unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you this day is born in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and 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.'" That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

O come, little children, O come, one and all
To Bethlehem's stable, in Bethlehem's stall
To see what the Father in Heaven high above
Has sent us this night as a proof of His love.*

God with us. That's what Christmas means. A God who loved us so much, He left heaven to walk among us. He walked among us that we might know Him. He walked among us and died in our place, out of His great love for us, so that we might be with Him if we only would accept His gift: Jesus, the proof of His love. And that's what Christmas is about.

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas.

* Yeah, I know, you won't find these last two lines in most English translations of the carol. It's my mom's translation, which I've always liked better. =)
| posted by Barbara | 2:13 AM