It was 160 years ago, as the turbulence of the Civil War was destroying American cities, separating family units, breaking the economy, and positioning church against church, President Abraham Lincoln issued the second of three proclamations for our country per request of the United States Senate.
The proclamation was for a Day Of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer, scheduled for April 30, 1863.
No matter how dire you believe your situation may be, please know, there is no need to be weary and burdened.
Jesus, our savior, is waiting – His arms wide open – ready to hold you. Two thousand years ago Jesus stepped down from His throne in heaven to walk amongst us, His beloved children, so that we may have a relationship with Him.
Jesus came to show us The Way, that mankind need not despair.
“O Holy Night” is perhaps the most sung holiday carol every Christmas season. Its origin is French, dating from 1843, then translated to English in 1855.
Each stanza brings to life the wondrous event, the miraculous birth of our savior on one holy night; Jesus, the savior of the world. An event so glorious that earth knew to rejoice for sin no longer would bind us, for souls no longer would feel contempt.
Through the years, it’s sad to say, my Christmas celebratory group has grown smaller. However, my expansion of understanding the true meaning of Christmas has been a blessing. Don’t get me wrong, all the partying and gifts are a welcome part of this year’s celebration. It’s more that over the years I’ve grown in Christ, studying and believing more of what Jesus, our Gift from God, means to me.
What a blessing to spend this holiday with those I love…my husband, pregnant daughter, son-in-law, their 8 month old daughter, and family in-laws. As much as I’d like, it doesn’t always happen this way.
It’s easy to get caught up in gift giving and celebratory events during Christmas; but let’s not forget what the holiday commemorates.
Many songs are written in celebration of Christ’s birth. One in particular is “The Little Drummer Boy” (originally “Carol of the Drum“). A beloved Christmas song written in 1941 by American composer Katherine Kennicott Davis, it was first recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers.
The simple lyrics explain the heartache of a poor boy, when invited to meet baby Jesus thought, “I have no gift to bring that’s fit to give our King.”
That young boy then offered the King the only thing he had…himself.
Picture the scene as it unfolds before the Christ child: