The Dear Christ Enters In

December 23rd 2015 No comments yet  

Christmas Story Metaphor“How silently, how silently

The wondrous Gift is given!

So God imparts to human hearts

The blessings of His heaven.

No ear may hear His coming,

But in this world of sin,

Where meek souls will receive Him still,

The dear Christ enters in.”
~O Little Town of Bethlehem, verse three

This blog is part three of a series on O Little Town of Bethlehem. Click to read part one and part two

As the verse above proclaims, when Jesus came to redeem the souls of humankind, He did not come in any extravagant way, …

Peace to Men on Earth

December 21st 2015 No comments yet  

field with lightsPart two of a series on “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Click here to read part one

“For Christ is born of Mary,
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth.”
~O Little Town of Bethlehem, verse two

Though angels were rejoicing and stars above were singing, Jesus’s first coming went nearly unnoticed to human beings—at first. A young girl giving birth in a barn was of no interest …

No Starry-Eyed Wise Men in China

December 18th 2015 No comments yet  

shinySo while we’re on the topic of Magi, because Magi come up all the time, we have a bit of a Christmas navigation problem to solve.

It’s a small problem. But, odds are you will celebrate about 70 Christmases in your life, so getting the bugs worked out of your grasp of the story isn’t a bad investment.

The problem centers on that famous Christmas star—the one that led those observant pagan astrologers to Jesus in Bethlehem.

Sidebar: Don’t miss the sad irony that, while the Jews had access to prophetic Scriptures that actually …

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