A short prayer …
“After the season is over, the Christmas lights come down, the fragrance of pine dissipates into the air, and the Christmas music no longer plays on the radio, we may ask, ‘What happens next?’ The wonder and awe of Christmas is just a beginning. Christmas reminds us that the babe born in Bethlehem has given us purpose for living, and what happens next to us largely depends on how we embrace our Saviour, Jesus Christ, and follow Him.”
An ancient prayer…
“The feast day of your birth resembles you, Lord
Because it brings joy to all humanity.
Old people and infants alike enjoy your day.
Your day is celebrated
from generation to generation.
Kings and emperors may pass away,
And the festivals to commemorate them soon lapse.
But your festival
will be remembered until the end of time.
Your day is a means and a pledge of peace.
At your birth heaven and earth were reconciled,
Since you came from heaven to earth on that day
You forgave our sins and wiped away our guilt.
You gave us so many gifts on the day of your birth:
A treasure chest of spiritual medicines for the sick;
Spiritual light for the blind;
The cup of salvation for the thirsty;
The bread of life for the hungry.
In the winter when trees are bare,
You give us the most succulent spiritual fruit.
In the frost when the earth is barren,
You bring new hope to our souls.
In December when seeds are hidden in the soil,
The staff of life springs forth from the virgin womb.”
— St. Ephraim the Syrian
A comment …
We remember the birth of the Son Of God, Jesus, in the crib in the manger in Bethlehem
However, we need to remind ourselves that His birth is directly connected to His death on the cross.
Jesus was born to die – to die for our sins. So, without the cross, the crib really has little meaning.
And, as we look forward to His second coming we remember that He is King and so He wears a crown.
He was born King … and He died King. He will return as King to rule forever.
Crib — Cross — Crown – the full meaning of the birth of the Saviour that we remember this Christmas Day 2020