A most blessed Christmas to every living soul

Christmas cardHave a ‘Mega-merry’ Christmas, as may be inferred from the OT Hebrew word ashar (Strong’s #833, as in Proverbs 31:28 on the virtuous wife), meaning

‘happy, blessed, prosperous, successful, from original root ‘be straight, upright’.’

Better still is New Testament Greek’s makarios (Strong’s #3107), which means

‘from root mak, indicating large, or of long durationhappy, supremely blessed, a condition in which congratulations are in order. It is a grace word that expresses the special joys and satisfaction granted the person who experiences salvation.’

This ‘Blessed’ is used in The Beatitudes, or the Sermon on the Mount, as recorded in Matthew 5. (From NKJV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Exec ed. Dr Jack Hayford)

May it be an especially blessed night of spiritual silence and insight for everyone.

The Austrian carol Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht is one of my old favourites. First played on this day in 1818 near Salzburg, my father heard it during his long stay in Stalag IIIA. (He liked the look of Austria as seen whilst being conveyed en-route as a captive from the Battle for Crete in 1941. So we holidayed in the Tyrol in 1950-60s.)

This Celtic version with superb voice and violin is sublime…

3 thoughts on “A most blessed Christmas to every living soul

  1. …..And, my vicar told us during his Christmas morning sermon: Silent Night was written in a rush by 2 men who had to prepare music for the next day when their church organ had broken… it was written to be sung with a guitar!
    Also, I focused on Hannukah this year(16-24 Dec); see Jesus’ teaching in John 10 during the Hannukah celebration he attended… and the context of John 9 (the man blind from birth being healed) and John 11 (Lazarus raised up). The main End Times message from Hannukah is that God will divinely increase the flow of His Holy Spirit (= the oil) in His church, connected with the Gospel of the Kingdom going forth… and signs following will be of the magnitude of the blind from birth being healed and the dead being raised up (this links with aspects of the Sharon Stone dreams/visions in your earlier post). God bless you in 2015!
    Mark

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    • Thank you for this fascinating aspect of Hannukah. In her Christmas Day message the Queen referred to our troops in the trenches hearing that carol sung by the German soldiers 100 years ago to the day! (Hence the famous Christmas Day truce and football match!)

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    • May you and yours be mightily blessed throughout this new year Mark.
      Re-reading your comment along with another’s on the transcript of Heidi Baker’s words gives an increasing sense of heightened expectation of the Lord about to do something major. Maybe it’s not so much revival in the usual meaning, but of believers realising the need to change church into how it was meant to represent Jesus and advance the Kingdom?
      Exciting days…

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