Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Thoughts

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.” ~Luke 1:46-55

I love Mary's song of praise in Luke 1. For a young girl, what wisdom she had! I've read many blog posts from dear friends who are concerned about the commercialism of Christmas. It does seem like our society has truly forgotten the real meaning of this holiday, doesn't it? My siblings and I decided to watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas" tonight. For a cartoon, it really has some deep themes! If you haven't seen this short film, Charlie Brown is lamenting the fact that Christmas has become so commercialized. While feeling inferior because he just can't seem to do anything right, his friend Linus points out the reason for the season. He quotes from Luke 1:8-14:

~Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”~

I hope and pray you all have a wonderful Christmas reflecting on the mercies of a Heavenly Father who gave His only Son for us. He truly is a wonderful Savior!

Merry Christmas!!

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.


Ella said...

You are so right--Charlie Brown Christmas has some very deep themes. Mayeb we should pull it out this year.... =)

I love Mary's song as well. I have a CD called Child of The Promise and I love it being sung!

Have a blessed Christmas, my friend!

Brianna said...

Amen Sara!! :-) Merry Christmas!

Priscilla said...

Merry Christmas Sara! Loved seeing the family pictures, and your new profile picture is so pretty!

Maxine said...

It is so neat that you put this little clip. I was just talking about this--it's a favorite of mine!

Merry Christmas and God's blessings.

Beka said...

Good thoughts... very true. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. I'll miss seeing you on Sunday, but Lord willing I'll see you on New Years' Eve.
Love you!

Neesie said...

Merry Christmas Sara!!!

Kaysie said...

Merry (late) Christmas!
I love those verses you posted. I am finding it helpful to read over these truths again, even after Christmas.

Thanks for your comments on my blog! You are such an encouragement!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet words! I trust you and your family had a blessed and wonderful Christmas! Wishing you a joyful new year filled with blessing and blessing!

Priscilla said...

Happy New Year to you Sara!!