Merry Christmas to everyone.
Let all Christians at least on this day join together to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On that I’m sure we can all agree. I want to use the words of a very popular Christmas hymn to say what Jesus’ birth means personally to me. I have re-arranged them slightly to be in more of a poetic form than a musical one. If you are offended forgive me for that.
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see you lie;
Above the deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by;
Yet in the dark streets shines the everlasting light.
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in you tonight.
For Christ is born of Mary and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
The morning stars together proclaim the holy birth !
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth !
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given !
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming; but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.
O holy Child of Bethlehem descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels of glad tidings tell,
O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel !