PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

TL 12-1 PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORDDo you have a neighbor that doesn’t receive many visitors this time of year?  Loneliness is at epidemic proportions during the Christmas season.  It’s sad that some folks are overly busy while others are just seemingly forgotten.  😦

Most of our neighbors are surrounded by family – and often!  Our little circle drive is crammed full of cars almost every weekend – and that is a good thing!  We see the signs of life all around us in our neighborhood – everyone is alive and well around here.

But I have to ask myself – who is my neighbor?  Is it just the family on my immediate block?  We all know the answer to that question – of course it isn’t.  Our neighbors are everyone around us.  There is a senior living complex less than five miles from my house and it’s fun to go there to sing Christmas Carols.  Seniors are often alone and it means so much to them to be remembered.

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As we prepare our hearts and minds for the birthday of Christ, we will obviously remember the youth in our lives with gifts and good deeds.  Shouldn’t we also remember the aged among us just as much?  Yes, Christmas is for children – but it’s also for the elderly.  It’s for everyone!

A CHRISTMAS EMBRACERemember the story of Simeon?  All he wanted to do was see the world’s Salvation before he died.  He got to hold the Christ Child – and he said that he saw Him and could die in peace.  Let’s show the seniors around us the ways of Christ – His joy, love, mercy and peace.  Let’s show them the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  – Galatians 5:22-23

As we prepare our hearts and minds for the birthday of Christ the King, let’s include all of our neighbors of every stage of life in our celebration.  God loves us all so very much – that’s why Christ was born!  🙂

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

TL MERRY CHRISTMAS

ANGEL
GOOD NEWS!!! TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY!!!

 

Have you ever wondered what a circus it would be if the birth of Christ happened in our day and time? Every talk show would be clamoring to get an exclusive interview with the Holy family! Don’t even get me started on those other talk shows that do the DNA testing every day! No – God chose just the right time, the right place and it was perfect.

Sometimes I wonder how news of the event would be described. Obviously in our day we don’t use the word tidings anymore. Imagine the anchor on the news or the D.J. on the local radio station saying something like, “Breaking news… virgin gives birth to God’s child.” It just does not have the same ring to it.

I like the Old English language. It’s charming and has a gentle, easy character.

From God, our heav’nly Father, A blessed angel came; And unto certain shepherds bro’t tidings of the same: How that in Bethlehem was born The Son of God by name. O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy! O tidings of comfort and joy! – God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

I’m the first to admit, that carol is one of the most difficult to play, no matter what key it’s in. It’s minor, and by nature it’s contrary. But the words offer such hope and peace to my spirit. Tidings of comfort and joy. I like the sound of that!

Oh, and if you wondered, the word tidings did not come from the word tide. It actually comes from the Old English word tidan, which means “to happen” (I learned something today also).

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. – Luke 2:10

GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY FOR ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!
GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY FOR ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!