Christmas from A to Z There is a well-known legend about a particular list at Christmas, being checked twice for the naughty and nice. Perhaps that is the inspiration for this list, “Christmas from A to Z”: A – Advent, the time of preparation for Christ’s coming (both of them!) B – Bethlehem, the “house of bread,” the birthplace of one who is the bread of life C – Carols, which energize the Christmas spirit D – Decorations, which convey the beauty and joy of the season E – Evergreens, which point us heavenward and are symbols of eternal life F – Food, the “oil” which lubricates our fellowship, especially the Lord’s Supper – the food of heaven G – Gifts, to give and to receive, based on the greatest gift given to us (Isaiah 9:6) H - Happy Homes, in which we share the warmth of season I – Immanuel, God with Us – never has a greater message been said in so few words (Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 1:23) J – Jesus, the reason for the season K – Kings, bearing gifts, calling us to “Come and adore Him!” L – Love, the atmosphere of Christmas -- John 3:16 M – Messiah, born in a manger N – Noel, the angels’ song of the birth of God’s Son O – Omnipotent, as in “For the Lord God omnipotent reigns!” P – Peace, given not as world gives, but only as God can Q – Quiet moments, reflecting on the meaning of the message of Christ’s birth (Luke 2:19) R – Room, none at the inn, but hopefully plenty in the heart S – Snow, on Christmas, perhaps the one day when it is acceptable (but, probably not in Florida!) T – Twelve days, the length of the season, from December 25 until January 6, Epiphany U – Unselfish, the model for giving – Jesus unselfishly emptied himself of his heavenly glory to become identified with us (Philippians 2:5-11) V – Voices, joined together in praise W – World, filled with knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14) X – Xenia, a Greek word speaking to the embodiment of hospitality Y – Yuletide, the season which now begins, for it is December, and soon it will be . . . Z – Zero hour, the dawning of Christmas 2019!
May God bless you with a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Dan Williams Executive Presbyter / Stated Clerk