Is Your Christmas Merry?   

It’s Christmas time. Let the celebration continue. Join me in praising God in the Highest for His wonderful gift to humankind.

Jesus, our Savior, was born. I am eternally grateful for God’s love and grace to my wife and me.

First off, the date is not the issue.

The Western world sets the twenty-fifth of December as Christmas. The Eastern Orthodox will celebrate Jesus’ birth on or near to January 7, 2018. Eastern Orthodox use the Julian calendar which differs from the western Gregorian calendar. These dates are different as you can readily see. No one knows the exact date. I believe that God had a reason for the date not to be important. What is important, Jesus, the Son of God came into this world to redeem us. This historical fact is the reason we celebrate. If you are really ‘hung up’ on the date, Erick Erickson wrote an interesting article on this. You can read it here.

Let me tell you why my Christmas is not only merry but intensely bright.

At the age of ten my mother, Betty Armstrong, sat me down in our kitchen and explained to me how much I needed to accept Jesus as my Savior. That was sixty-five years ago! I got down on my knees, right there in my mother’s kitchen, and accepted Jesus as my personal Savior. It has not been all a bed of roses, most of my problems in life I attribute to my disobedience to God’s word. But here is a little secret. When I sinned and repented, God forgave me. Salvation, repentance, and restoration to my acceptance by God is a very happy thought, wouldn’t you agree?

My marriage to Fran has been a forty-seven-year gift to me. I think you’ll agree; I should be merry.

But there’s more.

My wife and I have five wonderful children. All have grown and given us many grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren How great is that. I’m pleased and merry about that.

My Christmas is merry and bright.

Don’t be like the religious leaders who were more concerned with tradition. Follow the example of the wise men, and seek God this Christmas. It’s the reason we celebrate Christmas – God wants to connect with you! Rick Warren  

 

My Christmas season is merry because I’m connected. Secure with God because of His dear Son. Securely linked with my spouse and family. Connected to my extended family and to my many friends.

The Armstrongs

Maybe it would be a great idea to connect with someone we have not seen for many years. Renew old friendships. Keep in touch with those who have helped us over the years.

Yes, This Christmas can be the merriest one of all for us by connecting with Our Savior, our family, friends and forgotten people in our past.

I believe the Christmas story; my Christmas is merry.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke chapter 2

Your Christmas should be merry and bright! 

Make your Christmas merry this year by accepting God’s dear Son, Jesus as your Savior.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Richard