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What Christmas Means to Me

Published on 12/24/2013
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I wanted to take the time today to wish all of my IBO friends a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.  May we all enjoy Uncommon Freedom in 2014!

Here are a couple of Christmas poems from my website at OneMansHeart.com ...

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The Miracle of Christmas

Love far beyond measure

To comprehend it, I can not

How a soul so unworthy

God sees without spot

The demonstration of God’s love

Of His mercy and grace

Was found in a lowly manger

In a baby’s tiny face

I’d like to have a time machine

To travel back through the ages

And talk to Mary and Joseph

From the Bible’s pages

Just what did they think

Did it feel very odd

To see the child’s shining face

And know they were looking at God

Did they fully understand

As they raised their little one

That the boy that they cared for

Was Messiah, God the Son

Oh the miracle of Christmas

From that time till this

Is that God gave us himself

So that heaven we would not miss

It’s much more than a season

Or a time of year or day

It’s the spirit of eternal love

Living in our hearts always

 

Luke 2:19 ... But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

 

It is clear from scripture that both Mary and Joseph knew and understood that the child they raised was the Messiah.  Did you ever stop to wonder at how strange that must have been for them?  Just how much or how clearly did they understand?  What was going through their minds that time when they thought they had lost Him, only to find Him in the temple, “about His Father’s business”.  They were just normal folks trying to do the right things as they cared for the Son of God.  Wow!?!

 

Merry Christmas

(A response to the politically correct) 

Jesus Christ is Christmas

It’s the celebration of His birth

Strip away all of the tinsel

And you’ll find what Christmas is worth

The Baby born in a manger

Is Jehovah in human form

The same is the Man upon the cross

Whose body was beaten and torn

The world wants to take away Christmas

And replace it with holiday cheer

But it’s only the real meaning of Christmas

That allows for us to be near

To the God of all the ages

His presence we could never obtain

Except for the true meaning of Christmas

No lasting treasure could we ever gain

So as long as there’s breath in my body

And as long as my voice can be heard

I’ll repeat the phrase “Merry Christmas”

With all the meaning that’s found in God’s Word

 

Matt 1:18-25 & Luke 2:1-21

 

Instead of printing these two passages here, I would encourage you to take your Bible and read them for yourself.  One of my favorite family traditions was started when our kids were very small.  Before we open the first gift, we read the Christmas story.  As they have gotten older we have begun to share by each reading a portion.  It draws us together as a family and reminds us that Christmas is not about the gifts under the tree but rather the gift on the tree that was born in that simple manger.


(hear the audios of the poems at www.ibourl.net/merrychristmas)
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