Tuesday, December 24, 2013

For unto us a child is born

Christmas has become an annual sabbath; almost the only time of the year now when families come together, friends are remembered, and the ghosts of Christmases past are recalled, some with joy, some with sorrow. It is the one time of the year when the church pews are full and thoughts of God enter into many homes. Christmas infuses hope into lives of despair, and light into a world of darkness.

But it doesn't end conflict or cease turmoil.

Politicians win elections by promising heaven on earth – that they will feed the starving, house the homeless, dispel the fear, and restore hope. When, a decade later, the electorate realises that they are still in purgatory, another swathe of disaffected voters scorns the democratic process and declares a plague on all their houses. The government of man is in crisis, and the heart of man is bereft.

But this child, this Jesus, this god-man mystery – some day, the government shall be upon His shoulder.

The deliverer is human; one of us; flesh of our flesh. He is born to rule, born to be King, conceived of the house and lineage of David. His name is Wonderful – a mystery of divinity in humanity; Counsellor – the oracle of wisdom; the mighty God – the Word was not just with God, but was God; the Everlasting Father – not the same person as the Father, but of one substance with the Father; the Prince of Peace – bringing a peace that passes understanding.

His Grace wishes all of his readers, communicants and intermittent guests a joyful, peaceful and blessed Christmas.


Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Thank you YG and I hope your blessings and felicitations confer themselves upon your good-self and loved ones.

24 December 2013 at 16:43  
Blogger non mouse said...

Thank you, Your Grace.

Your first paragraph here expresses precisely what Christmas means to me - and that always begins to fall into place with the "Nine Lessons and Carols" from King's.

May YG's own Christmas bring all the Joy and Blessing you could wish.

Merry and Blessed Christmas also to all communicants.

24 December 2013 at 17:09  
Blogger non mouse said...

Ah, YG - and now thanks for the video. Beautiful - it quite brought the tears to my eyes! :)

24 December 2013 at 18:42  
Blogger Mr. Morden said...

Merry Christmas your Grace, and all those here.

24 December 2013 at 20:05  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Buon Natale, Your Grace.

24 December 2013 at 21:17  
Blogger Flossie said...

This intermittent communicant thanks His Grace, and wishes him a blessed and peaceful Christmas.

My grateful thanks to this fine blog and all who sail in her.

24 December 2013 at 21:33  
Blogger richardhj said...

Best wishes to all for a very Happy Christmas.

24 December 2013 at 21:59  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

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24 December 2013 at 23:38  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

So he paused. And the Grinch put his hand to his ear. And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow.

But the sound wasn't sad! Why, this sound sounded merry! It couldn't be so! But it WAS merry! Very! He stared down at Whoville! The Grinch popped his eyes! Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise! Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all! He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME! Somehow or other, it came just the same!

Indeed. It will always come just the same. Just so long as We have Thee.

Merry Christmas, Whovillians.

With all appropriate credit to Dr Seuss.

24 December 2013 at 23:42  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Carl, Happy Jack says you left the best bit out of that tale.

Here it is:

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

And what happened then...?
Well...in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch's small heart
Grew three sizes that day!
And the minute his heart didn't feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light
And he brought back the toys! And the food for the feast!
And he...


The Grinch carved the roast beast!

A very Happy Christmas to you and all your loved ones. You've still got to wait. We Brits always were ahead of your Americans.


And a Happy Christmas to one and all.

25 December 2013 at 01:18  
Blogger Owl said...

Bless you YG and have a peaceful and restful Christmas in the arms of your family and friends.

Thank you for helping me see things in perspective over the last year which I would have otherwise failed to see.

Christmas keeps on coming and we of weary hearts are so glad to see it again.

25 December 2013 at 03:12  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Thank you Your Grace for all the hard work and wise words from you and your team on this blog. You create an excellent place for friends, and those not so friendly, to meet and grow together.

A Happy Christmas to His Grace, family and friends, and indeed to all who visit this place, frequently or infrequently.

May the peace and grace of Christmas be with you all. Amen.

25 December 2013 at 08:31  
Blogger Len said...

Matthew 2:1-6 – “Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We have seen His star as it arose, and we have come to worship Him.’ Herod was deeply disturbed by their question, as was all of Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law. ‘Where did the prophets say the Messiah would be born?’ he asked them. ‘In Bethlehem,’ they said, ‘for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘O Bethlehem of Judah, you are not just a lowly village in Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”

25 December 2013 at 10:59  
Blogger Ezekiel Lamb said...

Yes indeed,and if we may enjoy a little quiet reflection on the occasion and of that special peace let us spare a thought or prayer for the multitude without that their eyes be opened and experience the Blessed hope that is the Lord. {even those winebibbing carol singers last night}

25 December 2013 at 15:20  
Blogger David B said...

For today, let us have peace and goodwill between us all. Dammit, it's traditional!

The discussion of metaphysical, political, ethical differences can wait.

And special wishes to our host, here, whose 'last word' I like so much, and with whom, despite our many differences, I can happily share a surprisingly large number of views.


25 December 2013 at 17:39  
Blogger Phil Roberts said...

Calon Lan


25 December 2013 at 22:41  
Blogger Winston Blake said...

Judaic Bolshevist Mammonism is just as much of a devil as Mahomet.

The false prophet ecclesiastics would have men believe that taking sides in the conflicts between devils is the path to Salvation?

26 December 2013 at 10:23  
Blogger Rasher Bacon said...

Hope you've had a great Christmas, your Grace. Thanks for all the effort you've put into this blog - much appreciated and of great value.

In Lord Shaftesbury's words "There is no remedy for all this mass of misery, but in the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Why do we not plead for it every time we hear the clock strike?"

Some day, the government shall be upon his shoulder. Bring it on.

26 December 2013 at 19:29  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

Does anyone know what 'Judaic Bolshevist Mammonism' is? I suspect it has something to do with overthrowing Capitalism by replacing food with salted herring. But that's as close as I have gotten.


26 December 2013 at 21:01  
Blogger David Anderson said...

"Christmas has become an annual Sabbath" - I do wonder if people realise what they lost by losing a weekly one. How many people suddenly realised how wonderful it was to have an agreed day on which things switch off, and you can forget about the world of work, knowing that not only are you ignoring it, but everyone else is too?

I wonder how many people wondered, even just for a moment, about whether by abandoning this shared rest for the cause of more profits they'd sold a blessing from our Christian heritage for a mess of pottage?

27 December 2013 at 08:30  

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