On The Fifth Day

    For centuries Holly has been considered the traditional foliage of Christmas along with ivy and mistletoe. I've always found the most fascinating thing about this plant being that it bears fruit in the winter. Bright Red berries, contrast with the green leaves and add a splash of color to the bare trees and gray, frozen ground.

   Jesus was probably not born in the winter, but I like to think of His birth as similar to the contrast of the bright berries against a very dreary world. There had been four hundred years of silence in Israel  preceding the incarnation. No prophets, no word from the Lord, no miracles. Plus, the Romans had taken over the land and, if anything, the Jewish people might have felt abandoned by God.

   But they weren't. It was at this bleak time in history, that God chose to send mankind the greatest gift He had ever bestowed; His only begotten son.

  This, good people, is indeed cause for rejoicing, this is the reason to be jolly on this season.

   May you be filled with His joy as you listen to the sprightly old Christmas tune, "Deck the Halls."



            

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
While I tell of Yule tide treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.


Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

      When we remember what Jesus Christ did for us at this time, we can truly be heedless of the wind and weather!

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