Merry Christmas 2020

“Unto us a Child is born” (Isaiah 9:6, NKJV). He was not born according to the laws and the processes of natural generations. The nature of His birth was supernatural. The “Child born” was born to a virgin: “The virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel ” (Isaiah 7:14, NKJV).

11 thoughts on “Merry Christmas 2020

  1. 🎶 Hark! the herald angels sing:
    “Glory to the newborn King!
    Peace on earth and mercy mild
    God and sinners reconciled”

    Reconciled with God…

  2. Rebellion. “open, organized, and armed resistance to one’s government or ruler. resistance to or defiance of any authority, control, or tradition…”

    When asked to stay home to save lives and I say “——you” and off I go? My Q is rebellion a sin? If so, should reconciled with God be part of Christmas celebration?

    In singing Christmas Carols in Pandemic Covid-19 in 2020 making a difference in their meaning to you? Maybe not for the perfect among us! Maybe so for those of us that need to reconcile our thoughts with God’s thoughts?

    The Book of Judges might insight a riot of sort within on what’s right in my eyes when I make my choices or what’s right in Gods’s eyes!

    What does Christianity look like to you in today’s world where a deadly virus is spreading? What do we see the collective saints of God do or are doing?

    It’s been so nice having time to stay in and think about Christmas Carols, Old Santa, Holly Berries, Baby Jesus in a manager.

    Musings at times can be salve for the soul. One of my favorite thoughts as I ponder being a Christian @Christmas…I would like to gift you with:

    “I [you]alone cannot change the world, but I [you] can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa

  3. Sara, your words seem to go right along with the photo of the beautiful trumpeting angel. Trumpets aren’t just for making music…they announced, warned, etc.

    “My Q is rebellion a sin? If so, should reconciled with God be part of Christmas celebration?”
    According to what I read from 1Samuel 15:23 rebellion is a sin: “Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols”.

    And according to the Christmas carol you quoted, I would say yes, reconciled with God should “be part of Christmas celebration?”
    Looking up the definition of Hark: listen, mind, attend and heed. And the angels were proclaiming that being reconciled was a primary connection with this newborn King.

    1. The footnotes from the NIV for 1 Samuel 15:23 says: “ rebellion and arrogance or serious sins. They involve far more than being independent and strong-minded. Scripture equates them with divination (witchcraft) and idolatry, sounds worthy of death (Exodus 22:18, Leviticus 20:6; Deuteronomy 13: 12-15; 18:10; Micah 5: 10-14).” “ Saul became both rebellious and arrogant, so it is little wonder that God finally rejected him and took away his kingdom. Rebellion against God is perhaps the most serious sin of all because as long as a person rebels, he or she closes the door to forgiveness and restoration with God.”

      1. Excuse my errors above…. corrections: “Rebellion and arrogance are serious sins.” ….. “them with divination (witchcraft) and idolatry, sins worthy of death”

  4. The Bible is dusty on the outside
    Moldy on its inwards,
    Blurred to the old eyes,
    A farce to the youth!

    TikTok is the Bible of youth,
    Truth is revealed
    by eying your eye and,
    Learning from you, while
    Rewriting the World view!

    The old folks often once knew sin
    But now it’s your opinion or view
    Which means shut up and,
    stay out of my view-business!

    Witchcraft is really enchantment,
    I do what pleases my flesh,
    Idolatry is my family of like
    They see my flesh and adore me
    all is well!
    SCM12/26/2020

    The words in Tammy’s footnotes, “… Saul became both rebellious and arrogant, so it is little wonder that God finally rejected him and took away his kingdom.”

    When I read (old of which I’m one) dust to (youth) TikTok my mind says where is the guilt, the sin of the old or the youth? When I break rules of the law? Or, lie to all, drive across town when asked to stay home to help save lives? Leave the truths of the clear eyes (God’s wisdom) to old blurred vision so I can show off my silly old stuff as if my hug is the Almighty God. No only He has the power to reconcile the sinner to Himself. If, I’m the approver of sin with blurred vision and think I’m the one to show God and His far reaching love to the ends of the earth while walking about blindly in rebellion who am i?

    To be honest Covid-19 and it’s far reaching sickness, deaths, starvation, devastations that circle the earth leaves me wondering can we find, one, two, or three that shows by their actions-deeds-good works that sin, blood, death, resurrection is the real TikTok, the only Truth. I see many including myself at times quote scripture and act like hell is going to freeze over if I don’t spit up some fire from the old dusty moldy book.

    When is it my opinion, my choice? If I have an opinion or choice by another’s standard are they able to tell me the consequences of the road I plan to travel? Or, is it the blurred vision version and they tell us while they do it another way.

    I’m ending my soul searching thoughts to find a glass of water with a tune, 🎼 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtSzcKZGzDs

    Wonder who and why someone thought to set a bomb off in Tenn on Christmas Day?

    1. Sara, I love your poem. It’s like eyes that see right into the soul of the present. You tell it like it is; no pretense; no mincing words; truth laid bare and no escaping it.

      And your words that follow are just as penetratingly poetic in another sense. It sure paints a vivid picture of “Christian” hypocrisy. I think you know how to overturn some tables, just like Jesus did. “If, I’m the approver of sin with blurred vision and think I’m the one to show God and His far reaching love to the ends of the earth while walking about blindly in rebellion who am i?”

      You asked/said, Sara, “If I have an opinion or choice by another’s standard are they able to tell me the consequences of the road I plan to travel? Or, is it the blurred vision version and they tell us while they do it another way.”

      I don’t think we are seeing or hearing too many consequences by the “blurred vision standard”. The song you shared sure tells another point blank story and clearly illustrates the consequences.

      There is a lot to think on reading your poem and words here. Thank you for writing them. They ring with Truth to me and only truth ever set anybody free.

  5. Who is the He the prophet Isaiah is referring to:
    “He shall judge between the nations,
    and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
    they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
    and their spears into pruning hooks;
    nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
    neither shall they learn war any more.”
    Isaiah 2:4 (NRSV)

    1. “Who is the He the prophet Isaiah is referring to:”

      To try to answer the question, I went back to read Ch 2. It was titled, “The Lord’s Future Reign”. Isaiah, the prophet, saw this vision of the last days and then spoke it. Preceding verses speak of the mountain of the Lord and of His teaching. It seems that “He” must refer to the Lord Jesus who will return to reign on earth.

  6. We often fall short because is easier at times we might think to depend on our willpower and our own efforts without enduring; steadfast: and abiding faith that only comes from “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing.“ (John 15) And, the counsel of the Holy Spirit that often leads us to counselors. There is safely in a team of counsellors. (Proverbs 14:14) Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”

    Remember as we are about to walk into 2021 there is ALWAYS HOPE!

    “Youths will become tired and weary,
    young men will certainly stumble;
    but those who hope in the LORD
    will renew their strength;
    they will fly up on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not be tired;
    they will walk and not be weary.”

    —Isaiah 40:30-31 (CEB)

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