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What Is Christmas All About?

My favorite Christmas show ever is A Charlie Brown Christmas. I remember watching it every year on TV when I was a kid, and now I own it on DVD and watch it every year still. My favorite part is when Charlie Brown asks, “Can anyone tell me what Christmas is all about?” And Linus walks into the spotlight and tells Charlie Brown what he wants to know; what we all need to know.

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Wedding Bells – A Villanelle

Our nephew Jacob is marrying the love of his life Baiba today. We are looking forward to attending the wedding and reception. In anticipation of the festivities I wrote this villanelle for them. It’s my first attempt at a villanelle, another poetry form with specific repeating pattern.

Wedding Bells

Wedding bells are ringing
Love in the air tonight
Angels all are singing

Guests welcomed to the fling
Revel with all their might
Wedding bells are ringing

In her hand blooms of spring
Beautiful bride in white
Angels all are singing

See gifts and love we bring
Sharing our smiles so bright
Wedding bells are ringing

Symbol of love, a ring
Beloved vows they write
Angels all are singing

Bride and groom are kissing
Wedded bliss close in sight
Wedding bells are ringing
Angels all are singing

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What Is Christmas All About?

I’ve been tackling my to do list today, and getting ready to go shopping with my son so he can spend his Christmas money from G’ma and G’pa and I can get some white elephant gifts for a party we are going to tomorrow.  I’ve also been listening to Christmas music, including the soundtrack from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

I’ve been thinking about what I would post today (still in that whole Postaday thing, you know). What could I say about Christmas that would be a blessing to those who read my blog? How could I explain what Christmas is all about? I realized that Linus, quoting Luke, said it about as well as anyone can. So I decided to share my favorite scene from the best Christmas special ever made.

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2 (KJV).

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Holy, Holy, Holy Is the Lord

People often talk about how God is love, which He is. This is an important part of God’s character. But there is another characteristic of God that people focus on less often, and that I want to focus on today. God is Holy.

The American Heritage Dictionary online defines the word holy as: “Regarded with or worthy of worship or veneration; revered; Regarded as deserving special respect or reverence.” This definition as applied to God is revealed in Heaven. There is a never-ending song that the angels in Heaven sing:

Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; 
the whole earth is full of his glory. Isaiah 6:3.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come. Revelation 4:8.

I like both of these passages because of the triple “holy” that reminds me of the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And I like the image of the angels never ceasing to magnify God’s holiness.

Regarding the word holy, my Holman Illustrated Pocket Bible Dictionary says:

God’s people are to be holy because God is holy. In this sense, God’s holiness is the complete perfection of His attributes such as power and goodness. God’s holiness is a humbling and even terrifying thing when revealed to weak and sinful men (e.g., Isa. 6:5; Luke 5:8; Rev. 1:17).

Wow! Not only is God holy, but we are called to be holy. How can that possibly be? We are but sinners saved by Grace? The key is that our holiness is not our own. In the New testament, believers are called saints, which means “holy ones.” But we are holy only because we are clothed in the holiness of Christ Jesus. Our holiness is a gift just as our salvation is. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17.

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