Tag Archives: Christmas

The Shepards and the Angels

25 Dec

Luke 2:8-20 ( The Message)

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!

 

 

It is Christmas Eve

24 Dec

Isaiah 9:6 which says “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

 

The Christmas Candy Cane

23 Dec

Look at the Candy Cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me
White is for my Savior
Who’s sinless and pure!
“J” is for Jesus My Lord, that’s for sure!
Turn it around
And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!


The candy Cane symbolizes multiple things. Hold it upright and it looks like a shepherd’s staff. Turn it around and you have the letter J for Jesus.The poem above describes how the red represents the blood of Jesus and the white represents purity. However I have also read that there are candy canes with 3 small bed stripes running around it symbolizing the Trinity – God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 1:21 And she will bring forth a Son and you shall call Him Jesus for He will save His people from their sins

 

Printable coloring page from coloringkidsboys.com Candy Cane

Giggle of the Day

22 Dec

Christmas Traditions

22 Dec

What does it all mean?

Candy Cane – While you may think of candy canes as a delicious treat or decoration for a tree, the candy cane was originally made by a Christian candy-maker as a simple reminder of shepherds in the Bible, shaped just like the staffs these men once carried. The red color symbolizes
the love of Christ in giving up His life and the white color represents His purity.

 

Angels – According to the Bible, it was angels that first told the shepherds that Jesus was born and where to go to find Him. (Luke 2:10)

Christmas Tree – In the Christian faith, the triangular shape of the tree is meant to represent the Trinity with the tip of the tree pointing towards God and the evergreen color representing life.
Christmas Lights – For Christians, these lights are a beautiful reminder that Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12).

Holly – Holly symbolizes the crown of thorns Jesus historically wore on his head, while the red symbolizes the love He had for us in giving up His life and the green symbolizes the “eternal life” we have thanks to Christ (John 3:16-17).

The Star – In the Bible, the star of Bethlehem guided the Three Wise Men to the place where the baby Jesus was born.

Poinsettia – The star shaped foliage pattern of the poinsettia is said to resemble the Star of Bethlehem. The red leaves symbolize the love of Jesus in giving up His life for all of the world.

Christmas Prayers for Children

20 Dec

Let us all with gladsome voice
Praise the God of heaven,
Who, to bid our hearts rejoice,
His own Son hath given.
Amen.

O Lord Christ, our Savior dear,
Be Thou ever near us;
Grant us now a glad New Year.
Amen, Jesus, hear us!
Amen.

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in.
Be born in us today.
Amen.

O welcome, little Christmas Guest,
Dear Jesus, from above;
Upon Thy face, so pure and mild,
We see God’s smile of love.
Amen.

Precious Babe of Bethlehem,
Gift of love to sinful men,
Thou, our Savior, Lord, and King—
May we all Thy praises sing!
Amen.

Ah! dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.
Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Advent

19 Dec

Lord Jesus, increase our faith so that we might believe that nothing is impossible with God. May we continue to be a people with dreams and visions of the possible – a human community of understanding and acceptance. May we be ready to risk as Mary did to make these dreams come true. Open us to know the power of Your presence today and everyday. Amen.

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