May all my readers have a most blessed and joyous Christmas

Christmas card

Then the angel said to the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks at night,

“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the City of David a Saviour, who is Christ he Lord…”  (Luke 2:8-14)+  +  +

Readers, have 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 200 years ago (1818) near Salzburg, my father heard it during his stay in Stalag IIIA. (Seen en-route as a captive from the Battle for Crete in 1941, Austria looked very attractive.  So in 1950-60’s, we went on holiday near Salzburg.)  Read the carol’s bi-centennial story here and watch this.:

Also, this Celtic Woman version is sublime…

7 thoughts on “May all my readers have a most blessed and joyous Christmas

  1. Richard: Hope you and your family have a very Blessed Christmas.

    A few days ago I hitchhiked from Missoula to Hamilton, Montana. After I spent some time at the library, I walked to this laundromat so I could wash some clothes, but the laundromat was closed because of a Christmas party. I then walked to the McDonald’s and had a couple of cheeseburgers. I spent some time reading the Psalms and Isaiah. Then this older couple walked into the McDonald’s.

    The wife walked past me and pointed at my Bible and said, “That is a good book.”

    I replied, “Yes, it is a good book.”

    She later came back to where I was sitting and she asked if she could pray for me. So she prayed for me and we had a nice chat afterwards. She then asked if I would like to come home with her and her husband north of Salmon, Idaho. I told her that would be great. So we drove to their house and had excellent fellowship on the way. I stayed the night and then another friend contacted me by email and asked if could house sit for his family while they are in Spokane, Washington (they live south of Salmon) for Christmas.

    So here I am housesitting at my friends’ place south of Salmon; tomorrow I will go to my friends’ place north of Salmon and have Christmas dinner. There is no way I could have planned all of this: the Lord set it all up. Praise the Lord!

    Thank God the laundromat was closed.

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    • Terrific how Father’s looking after you as you honour Him, Tim. So it’s salmon for Christmas dinner in Turkey, or will you dine on both? 🙂

      Seven days ago just after 12:30 I saw Nina in bed being wheeled into operating theatre for major keyhole surgery to repair a ‘giant hiatus hernia’ in her diaphragm. She was met by a lovely black anaesthetist singing “We wish you a merry Christmas…”, who was most surprised to learn Nina’s in a choir. So she and the nurse joined in as she drifted off to sleep. Next, on starting to regain consciousness she heard piped carols!

      She was discharged Thursday and needs to eat puree foods only, back to ordinary meals in 8 weeks. So after her first relatively pain-free night we’re just chilling out.

      I read your message to Nina and reminded her Montana is the location of one of our favourite films, The Horse Whisperer. Thank you so much for being in touch with such a praise-worthy testimony Tim.

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