Monday, December 22, 2014

Solstice

Solstice - Picture of Orthodox Church in the Snow
We celebrate Christmas with garlands of tinsel, bright lights, gifts, rich food and sweets, parties. 
You were a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering, like one from whom men hide their faces.  Despised.  Rejected. (Is. 53:3)

We decorate and light Christmas trees. 
You took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. (Is. 53:4)


We sing, "Away in a Manger" and "Deck the Halls."
You cried, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?" (Mark 15:34)

We pull presents from under the tree, pass them to each other, open them.
You were pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities. (Is.53:5)

We clean up wrapping paper, set the table for Christmas dinner.
You bore the punishment that brings us peace, and by Your wounds we are healed. (Is. 53:5)


We go our own ways -
But the Lord has laid on You the iniquities - the SINS - of us all. (Is. 53:6)



Still it is right to celebrate.

And though no one knows the real date of Your coming into this world as one of us
it seems fitting that we (in the Northern Hemisphere) celebrate it right after the darkest time of the year.  

For we walk in darkness, 
and we live in the land of the shadow of death.
But we have seen a great light. 
A light has dawned
You have come 
into our darkness. (Matt. 4:16, Is. 9:2).

Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to men. (Luke 2:14). 

Merry Christmas.


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