A Thoroughly Blessed and Merry Christmas to You

Christmas card

MAY EVERY READER, CONTRIBUTOR and VISITOR to Richard’s Watch HAVE A ‘MEGA-MERRY’ CHRISTMAS,

 that is, a thoroughly blessed holy-day season – 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 by the Vienna Boys’ Choir is one of my old favourites. First played on this day in 1818 near Salzburg (and in Austria reserved for today only), my father heard it during his long stay in Stalag IIIA. (He so much liked the landscape of Austria, seen whilst conveyed en-route as a captive from the Battle for Crete in 1941, that we took holidays in Salzburgerland and the Tyrol in 1950-60s.)

This Celtic version with superb voice and violin is sublime…

As we celebrate our Lord and Saviour’s birthday let’s look not only back in nostalgia two thousand years but also, and just as importantly, look forward fervently to His very much sooner return in glory as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

6 thoughts on “A Thoroughly Blessed and Merry Christmas to You

  1. Richard, and bless you and your wife Nina too. You have certainly blessed us throughout this year with your faithful updates and insights and prophetic messages you give and pass on, thank you so much. The Lord keep you both well and blessed for this coming amazing year, Dave and Ann.

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  2. Hi Richard
    God bless you and Nina too…
    If you haven’t watched it recently watch The Bethlehem Star (see Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzWi0tWKoxo ); looking at the birth of Jesus with the benefit of NASA night sky star pattern software etc… I like the bit about the Magi arriving to worship Jesus on 25th December, even though Jesus was born earlier in the year – cool!
    Let us worhip Jesus similarly this 25th!
    Love
    Mark

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