Christmas Eve and The Christ Candle

5 lit candles for Christmas Eve
The Christ candle is lit tonight along with the 4 candles of Advent

On Christmas Eve

On this Christmas Eve I want to say Happy Birthday, Jesus! 

Most of us will be busy with family and traditions on this night and tomorrow, so I encourage you to make time to think about that night and what it means to us today. Light your Christ candle, and your other advent candles and remember. Mary would have had flickering candles or lamp light to give birth by. The brightest light out there was when the angels appeared to the shepherds. No street lights or electric lights; just the stars and lamps. It is such an ordinary and extraordinary story all at once. 

Sarah Bessey writes her Christmas Eve devotion here. She relates the story of how her parents came to know Jesus as adults and how her young children are learning about Jesus now. She speaks about how giving birth to her children reminds her of how God was born into the world as a helpless infant. Immanuel! God with us!

Imperfect Christmas Eve

As we strive to create the perfect Christmas for our families, we need reminded that the first Christmas was not “perfect” in any worldly sense. Vaneetha Rendall Risner wrote a post titled “A Way In A Manger.” Perhaps Mary was confused that God did not intervene so that Jesus could be born somewhere better. The angels told the shepherds to look for a baby lying in a manger. This was the “sign” that their savior had arrived and no one would expect to find a baby in a feed trough, especially not the savior of the world. You can read her post here: http://danceintherain.com/2015/12/17/806/

Lisa Copen at Rest Ministries also wrote about the less than perfect first Christmas. She says, “When you consider that Jesus was born into a less-than-ideal environment how does it give you hope that He is just as present in your less-than-you-had-hoped-for Christmas season now?” To consider this further, check out her post at:  http://restministries.com/blog/2013/12/17/mary/

Music Videos

I’ve put together a playlist of songs for your listening pleasure:

  First, “What Child is This?” by Sovereign Grace.

Next, “Joseph’s Lullaby” by Mercy Me.

Then, “Mary Did You Know?” sung by Clay Aiken.

Finally, “Oh What A Glorious Night” by Sidewalk Prophets.

Silent Night

by John Freeman Young  

1. Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright,
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child!
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Sleep in heavenly peace!


2. Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from Heaven afar,
Heavenly Hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour, is born!
Christ, the Saviour, is born!

3. Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy Holy Face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth!
Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth!

 

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

I pray that our actions, thoughts, and praise rise like precious gifts to you, Jesus, today and all year, and I pray that you, my readers, have a wonderful Christmas!!

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I'm a writer, disabled registered nurse, and former home school parent of 6 children ages 19 to 32.

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