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Christmastide

Updated on March 11, 2018
…the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn… from O Holy Night.
…the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn… from O Holy Night. | Source

We Remember


When I first began this hub it was based on a lighter theme of following Christmastide. Then our nation was robbed of twenty 1st grade children who were loved beyond the ability to truly express it, as well as 7 other people. The heartbreak prevented me from finishing the post along the lines I began it.

Pain and questions were too stunning. Compassion for the grief of the parents and other family members, anger at the evil and at the too-much-talk-too-early clamor regarding the answers to questions everyone was asking all prevented me from being able to write this piece as planned.

We remember these who were taken and think of their families and friends with compassion. Life goes on, but it can never be the same. When there is a life experience that causes permanent pain, everything that is truly beautiful hurts. Christmastime is one of those things that hurt the most after such an event.

Somehow, we learn to live with that pain, slowly learning how to take forward steps. It seems impossible, but life does go on. The choking torment accompanied by a numbing disbelief lessens by degrees. Yet, nothing is ever like it once was.

Pursuing Peace
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Christmas is a season of beauty and emotion for those who have followed the One who came. It is filled with the light and wonder exemplified by the shepherds and wise men. Christmastide speaks love and grace, and today I am thankful for the record of the Lord’s tender responses to children.

Yet now, in the freshness of this sorrow and always at future Christmas times we will remember the horror of news stations notifying us about the murders. The questions that can’t be answered will be worn with gravity to our own graves as we acknowledge that some things can’t be explained except to say that evil exists.

In the meantime, those who know the families that lost children will do their best to help them, to encourage courage for the coming days, and to sometimes just simply be with them. Others may pray for the families--parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who are hurting--and then go forward with more appreciation for our own families.


The Christmas Season, The Giving Season


Gift-giving by many is intended to demonstrate to family and friends the love of God and His Indescribable Gift (2 Corinthians 2:14). Time spent in churches involves special worship services and programs that incorporate the themes of Christmas for every age group.

Family traditions may include symbols of the Christmas story and time spent reading the Matthew, Mark, and Luke's record of that time in history. The traditional music of the season attempts with good intention to relate the record of the reason we celebrate while emphasizing the importance of remembering Christ’s birth, who He really is, and the purpose for which He came.

The record, foretold in Isaiah and then amazingly preserved for all time, is intended to guide us into a safe future. The substance of the message we are given is built on believing and trustfully yielding ourselves to the One who submitted and gave Himself to become poor so we could become rich.


Modern Methods of Following Christmastide


• The Innkeeper, a Poem


In the video below you can follow the text of John Piper’s The Innkeeper as you listen to him read his poem. It rings in the heart and mind of all who have given serious thought to what Jesus’ birth meant for the those who witnessed the events surrounding it.

Before viewing this video a prayerful reading of Luke 2 is a good idea. Remember that as real as the scenario is, this is just one man’s imagery of what it could have been like to be alive in those years.


• The Star of Bethlehem


This DVD raises many questions that are not as much of a struggle for me today as for some. Others do wrestle with concepts regarding faith verses proof and facts verses myths which can present valid questions that are important to explore.

Stephen McEveety’s work in The Star of Bethlehem can help dissect astronomy verses astrology while giving much food for thought. While keeping in mind that God leaves some mystery for us work through in our pilgrim journey of faith and trust in His sovereignty, this is an interesting look at an almost incidental attempt to divide truth from error.

The Star of Bethlehem is for anyone who wants to take an earnest look at this facet of the Christmas story. It’s not a matter of making up our own minds, though, it is always a matter of taking God at His Word or not. Praying for discernment before watching is a wise move.


The Star of Bethlehem

LibriVox


Wikipedia describes LibriVox as an online digital library of public domain audiobooks. I have found some rare and precious jewels among their offerings. This 2-minute poem from Martin Luther was written especially for children. Our prayer is certainly that we would be able to sing a blest new year of mercies. Listen, consider, and pray.

A Christmas Carol for Children

• An App for the Christmas Story


An app came to my attention last week that made me smile. It allows us to follow a count of how many people are reading the Christmas story from the book of Luke via the YouVersion Bible App.

Besides providing The Christmas Story Tracker that includes a map as well as a running counter, the App also offers a Christmas Bible Plan that has 10 different options for enlarging the season’s meaning. Choices include a 3 Day Plan titled the Sounds of Christmas, a 28 Day Plan from the UK, and a 1 month plan designed for individuals, families, or small groups.

Saying that certain aspects of Christmas may be romanticized could be the understatement of the year, but the fact remains that the comprehensive truth of the Savior’s birth continues to resonate in hearts. The fulfilled promise from Isaiah allows us to look back and imagine what it must have been like to live in that time and place, as well as to look forward.

A Bible App for You

Celebrating Christmastide


As of old, there are those who not only deny the Promised One along with the record that predicted His coming and which documents His birth, life, death, and resurrection, but who violently oppose Him and His followers. None of that has changed the facts, though, and I hope you are blessed by these modern ways of following Christmas.

Our need to take the Good News of the Savior’s purpose to heart is wrapped in a certain mystery that God has not fully explained to us. He has, however, given us enough information to warrant asking us to turn to Him according to His Word and take His instruction about His Son by faith.

As you hold your family and friends closer to your heart during the holidays, may this Christmas season be a time of true love and joy for you that includes a deeper and/or new understanding of the events celebrated every year throughout the world during Christmastide.


Have a Purposeful Christmas!


Check out an excellent resource for considering ways to make your Christmases meaningful and memorable by developing traditions with purpose. There are many reasons they are important for children, but not to be missed by adults who can make some of them their own!


Have you used any of these Christmas resources to highlight your holidays?

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What Child Is This? text.
What Child Is This? text. | Source

Devotional Reading for the New Year:


Daily Light, a unique devotional book that will take you through all seasons of the year.

Mountain Breezes, poetry from a heart that was acquainted with the Scriptures.

Passion Hymns for a Kid's Heart, a beautiful children's hymn book with CD.

Thank you for reading!

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    3 years ago from the short journey

    ezzly:

    Thank you kindly for your your response to this simple post. A little Christmas throughout the year is a good thing :-) and I very much appreciate that you highlighted this hub with a comment.

  • ezzly profile image

    ezzly 

    3 years ago

    This is a beautiful little hub, I'll be remembering for Christmas! The bible app is a great idea!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    Peggy W:

    Thank you for letting me know you stopped by!

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    This is a very timely hub for this Christmas season. Thanks!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    DDE:

    Thank you for stopping by.

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    Devika Primić 

    4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Christmastide this time of year is so special.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    rebeccamealey:

    Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed this reminder of the Christmas season. :)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    moonlake:

    Thank you for your feedback on this hub. Heart breaking incidents sadly continue and they will always color the times and events with which they are connected. Our world is changing, but thankfully, truth does not change.

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    You have put me in the Christmas spirit in the middle of April. That's great!

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    moonlake 

    5 years ago from America

    Enjoyed this hub. I know it's not Christmas time but I have been looking at hubber's Christmas hubs and sharing them now. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    phdast7:

    Thank you for your very kind response to this hub. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    Theresa Ast 

    5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    What an amazing hub and filled with so many gifts for all of us. Sort of feels like Christmas morning. :) I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Blessings! Sharing, of course!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    frogyfish:

    Thank you very much for your feedback on this hub and videos.

    May you and yours have a lovely Christmastide.

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    frogyfish 

    5 years ago from Central United States of America

    This is a most wonderful writing and video hub. I particularly enjoyed your Innkeeper video...such a different view and beautifully spoken.

    Your descriptions and invitations to Truth are mighty blessed words. Thank you for sharing this hub in thought, video, gentleness and strength. Blessings at Christmas time to you and yours!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    kashmir56:

    Thank you for coming by and letting me hear from you, and may you and yours have a lovely Christmastide.

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    Thomas Silvia 

    5 years ago from Massachusetts

    This is such a wonderful read and enjoyed it so much thanks for sharing this !

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas !

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you, Snurre, and Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thank you for letting me hear from you!

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    Snurre 

    5 years ago

    This is a wonderful hub! Thank you for posting it and Merry Christmas in advance!

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