Sunday, December 23, 2007

My Thoughts on Christmas

Over the last few weeks I have given a lot of thought to what my family and I should be celebrating on Christmas. Sure it’s the birth of Jesus but friends it’s so much more. This Christmas as you give thought to the real meaning of this holiday think about who Jesus is. He is so much more than a babe in a manger.

Jesus is the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us,
Jesus is the reality that was once a shadow,
Jesus is the Light coming into the world,
Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory,
Jesus is the once for all time sacrifice,
Jesus is the God appointed heir of all things,
Jesus is the only one worthy to set at the right hand of God,
Jesus is the prince of peace,
Jesus is the name that is above every name
Jesus is the sovereign King of kings and Lord of lords,

The Gift of Gifts

O Source of all Good,What shall I render to Thee for the gift of gifts,
Thine own dear Son, begotten, not created,
my Redeemer, Proxy, Surety, Substitute,
His self-emptying incomprehensible,
His infinity of love beyond the heart's grasp.

Herein is wonder of wonders:
He came below to raise me above,
He was born like me that I might become like Him.

Herein is love;
when I cannot rise to Him He draws near on
wings of grace,
to raise me to Himself.

Herein is power;
when Deity and humanity were infinitely apart
He united them in indissoluble unity,
the uncreated and the created.

Herein is wisdom;
when I was undone, with no will to return to Him,
and no intellect to devise recovery,
He came, God-incarnate, to save me
to the uttermost,as man to die my death,
to shed satisfying blood on my behalf,
to work out a perfect righteousness for me.

O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shepherds,
and enlarge my mind;
let me hear good tidings of great joy,
and hearing, believe, rejoice, praise, adore,
my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose,
my eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father,
place me with ox, ass, camel, goat,
to look with them upon my Redeemer's face,
and in Him account myself delivered from sin;
let me with Simeon clasp the new-born Child
to my heart,
embrace Him with undying faith,
exulting that He is mine and I am His.

In Him Thou hast given me so much
that heaven can give no more.


From the Valley of Vision a collection of Putitan prayers

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