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. Dear Richard,

    i am very grateful for the ‘Stille Nacht ‘ videos. They have answered my prayers: I have been recharging and enjoying myself listening to the many other amazing YouTube pieces attached, moving from Christmas carols to the celtic bag pipes , Choir music and then sacred music (incl Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’) for the better part to finish the afternoon with ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ which does not sound very worldly to me: starting the day not so good I am feeling now refeshed and relaxed, more confident again.
    I have been following your blog now for a while and keeping my husband informed as well: when either of us has a significant dream or vision something similar is usually published here- usually afterwards, sometimes also on HKP: that is great confirmation esp when you live in the wilderness.

    Now I also would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and and may the Father bless you and your family and protect you all.

    Elisabeth

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