There's a moral to the story

The Weather Outside is Frightful

I’ve been struggling this Christmas season. I know I need to post something to keep contact with all of you, and I’m excited about Christmas! At the same time, I’ve told you all the writing news in the last couple of blogs, and you deserve to hear new things. That being said, there isn’t anything new. TJ and I are writing the murder mystery, and it is coming along well. We are at just under forty-seven thousand words. These things take time.

It isn’t often I get writer’s block, but if blogging is considered writing, I guess I have it. The main news is we all have a cold running through the family, and no, it isn’t the plague. Just a cold. People still get those.

Let’s go back to the Christmas theme, though. As a Christian, without Christmas, or the birth of Jesus, we who believe would have nothing to believe in. Even though some of our Christian forefathers may have appropriated some pagan symbols, i.e., the tree and a few other things, these symbols have overridden their original intent and are truly something that points us to Christ’s birth. For the tree, in Leviticus 23:40, it is seen as symbolic of praising God! The Nativity scenes remind us of His lowly birth in a stable; and he was actually placed in a manger by Mary and Joseph, which is a stone food trough for animals. Jesus didn’t come to this world as a king, but as a little baby. God wanted to show the world how much He loved them and related to them(us).

The Bible does talk about the angels who came down from heaven and sang, telling the shepherds about the birth of their king, though. The angels hurried to Bethlehem to see the wondrous sight. At the same time, a bright star shown across the sky pointing to where the family was. It may have shown over Bethlehem for quite a while, as Magi (wise men) from the east traveled to Jerusalem to find the new king. This caused trouble for Mary and Joseph, so after the Magi visited and angel told Joseph run to Egypt until the trouble passed, which they did. The gifts from the Magi may have given them some funds for the trip, keeping them from struggling while they were away.

That’s the Cliffs Notes version of the Christmas story. Our culture unfortunately dwells on Santa, Rudolph, and gifts, turning us away from the really amazing story to very shallow and short lasting things. The important things, the deeper stories, are so much more than the Nightmare Before Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, or even a Christmas Carol! If I were to direct you to a movie for Christmas, it would be the long version of A Peanut’s Christmas (for you and the kids), or the Nativity Story, which is the story of Mary and Joseph, and all they went through. Why? Because why water down the most wonderful story of all time? The other movies are merely winter holiday stories. They don’t tell any truth about Christmas. They don’t tell how the whole world changed due to one tiny boy born in a stable.

I suppose that is all I have to say in this post. Please feel free to forward, comment, or email us. You can contact us on the main page if you want to send a private message.

2 thoughts on “The Weather Outside is Frightful”

  1. Leviticus 23:40 is all about the Feast of Booths or, as the Hebrews called it Succot/Succhoth. They took the branches of those trees and made booths to dwell in as a representation and remembrance of their 40 years in the desert.

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