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How Old is Christmas?
December 24, 2016
I love Christmas.
Yet. . .
Have you noticed it's difficult to create a Christmas experience?
If you, like us, have worked hard to create a special, meaningful Christmas for your family or others, and have been met with sleeplessness, sickness, increased frustration or a flurry of the unexpected, there is at least one reason why.
How OLD is Christmas?
Christmas, as we know it, is quite young. Around 200 years old. Not even a drop in the bucket compared to millennium of history! From ancient times, the winter solstice, which occurs on the shortest day of the year, was marked with worship to the sun, and all that goes with that. It's December 21 for the northern hemisphere.
Time, like land, carries positive or negative charge based on the sin or obedience of the people. Our Father commanded His people to add to the blessing He initiated in time by "keeping the Sabbath holy."
After some thousand years of investing in the winter solstice, there's a strong turbulence embedded in the time of December.
Thankfully, the Father is always moving us back to His purposes. German believers led the way, back to Christ, for nations to follow in redeeming the time of Christmas. For them, Christmas grew to a quiet, reverent family worship celebration of the Christ child with special emphasis on the children. Queen Victoria of England married Prince Albert of Germany in 1840 and brought the German-style, family Christmas celebration to Windsor Castle.
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with its crystal clear distinction between what is of true value in life--and Clement Clarke Moore's poem, now known as "'Twas The Night Before Christmas," sparked the holiday in the United States.
What Can I Bring Him?
Celebrating Christ at this time of year is coming in the opposite spirit of the imprint in this time. Any time we choose to swim upstream, it takes more effort.
However, when you do celebrate Christ at Christmas, you are doing something very significant for Him.
If you have experienced sleeplessness, sickness, or the like, your spirit sensed the back story, and current turbulence in the spiritual atmosphere, in this time. It's a call to stillness and prayer--which is, again, against the flow in this busy season.
For all the families who are broken but trying. . .
For all the families who are grieving loved ones called Home. . .
For all those feeling more alone being met with the commercial view of the "perfect family motif". . .
For all those swimming upstream to honor Christ at this time. . .
We can understand the history which gives understanding to our present, and move now in the direction the Lord wants this season to go and pray now!
"Father, thank You so much for sending Your Son, as the greatest gift of all. Father, You are the one who created time, and built in blessing to specific times such as Sabbath and all the seasonal feast cycles. We are so grateful for Germany's leadership in redeeming the time in December for Your honor and for the honor of families and children.
We are asking You for greater grace in this time of the Christmas season for the broken, for families, for children, for the lonely, for the grieving and all the rest of those who are hurting, and we ourselves as well. Shield us all. Cause the intercessors, each of us, to recognize and to respond to the prayer signals You send.
In this time, come in special, unexpected, miraculous ways to men, women and children with Your holy angels and cause them to hear the sound of comfort and joy, good tidings of great joy, and peace in their spirits in such a way that their souls and bodies are changed in Your presence. Expand the resources and reach of all those who are purposefully investing in this time, seizing the opportune moment, to give. Bless and anoint their gifts given in Your Name. Expand this time of Your favor, as so many set their hearts toward You in ways they may not the rest of the year. Do more than we can ask, think or imagine to bring the greatest return on Your investment--reconciliation with You, themselves, and others. We ask and thank You in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen."
Crystal Wade writes to throw out a lifeline of hope for people to receive connectivity to trust the Father and be internally aligned to relate to Him, and thus receive His relationship and the blessings that naturally flow from Him. She loves to discover the redemptive plan of the Father in people, places, and things. She co-authored Pure Joy and wrote Perfect Peace together with its audio album, tools for healing trust and growing the spirit. She is managing editor of HopeStreams.net. Crystal and her husband Stephen share a passion to position the next generation to be anchored in truth so they can fly in the spirit. To that end, their family launched Let’s Wade In, a media outlet, which is both a community for children and teens and a tool for parents and caregivers to anchor students in truth so they can fly in the Spirit. They have three wonderful sons.