Saturday, December 24, 2011

Comfort And Joy

God rest you merry Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay;
Remember Christ our Saviour,
Was born on Christmas-day;
To save our souls from Satan's power,
Which long time had gone astray:
This brings Tidings of Comfort and Joy.

Some songs you listen to a thousand times before you really listen to them. Such is the case this year with God rest you merry Gentlemen. Christmas is such a hectic time of year but the message of the meaning of Christmas is so simple. Rest. Rest in the fact that comfort and joy are found because Christ our Savior was born on Christmas day. The song asks us to "remember" that message. He was born and His holy mission is to save our souls from Satan's intended power to destroy us, our happiness and our peace. Sometimes people find that they have "gone astray" from our Savior. Christmas is a wonderful time to remember that the comfort and joy so many seek, the "tidings" heralding that comfort and sought for joy, are found in the message the angel proclaimed to the shepherds in Bethlehem so long ago. "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." Luke 2:10 The tidings of great joy and comfort are the fact that Christ truly is our Savior.

Some images from today:
What is Christmas without a child 
somewhere wanting to touch the tree?
My decorations have been "rearranged" several times.
At one point I found Nathan hugging the tree.
What is a holiday without Elisa cooking?
My goodness I look tired here.
The necklace was for Nathan entertainment value.
Wished Ian and Emma were here.
 It was a lovely sunset.
Gregory and Nathan.
Nathan just really wanted to touch the tree.
Everything looks different through the eyes of a child.
After dinner, Jim read the Christmas story from Luke 2.
 We had several guests for dinner.
All had a good evening.

And tomorrow...
 We get to talk to Ian.
Merry Christmas.

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