TO THOSE OF YOU WHO CELEBRATE, here's wishing you a very merry Yuletide, Joyeux Noël, Fröhliche Weihnachten and Nadolig Llawen. (That last one's Welsh, which I did to GCSE at school...!!) I don't believe the actual festival of Christmas as celebrated now truly does commemorate the birth of our Lord and Saviour in a Christian way, but I respect that it does mean a lot to many people, hence the greetings.
I do believe in the testimony of Jesus Christ and that he is indeed our coming Saviour.
I just wish I had the wherewithal to put those beliefs into action!
Here's a festive quotation from the Bible (Revelation 19:11-16) If this catches you in the right frame of mind it might bring you out in shivers like it did me:
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no-one knows but he himself knows. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron sceptre." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has the name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
He who testifies to theses things says. "Yes, I am coming soon."
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen.
(Revelation 22:20, 21 ~ closing words of the Bible.)
THE POGUES FT KIRSTY MCCOLL: FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK
In countdowns of "favourite Christmas song... Ever!" this one's constantly in the top three precisely because it is NOT slushy... If you don't happen to know this one then clickonit it's absolute classic. Don't get dismayed by the term "fairytale" ... it's used ironically!
HAVE A BRILLIANT TIME EVERYONE AND DON'T OVERINDULGE!!
(And don't take advice from a roaring hypocrite like me!!)
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