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Friday, December 23, 2011


Yesterday was the first day of winter.  

Winter—the day that recognizes the beginning of the earth’s dying cycle so nicely coincides with the celebration of the birth of our savior—the day that symbolizes our spiritual rebirth.  

Bible historians say that the actual day of Jesus’ birth was not recorded and is therefore not known. They guess—based on astronomical events at the time in history that would account for a bright “star” in the sky pointing the magi to Bethlehem—Jesus was probably born in the springtime or summer. 

Other bible historians tell us the date of December 25 was selected to celebrate Jesus’ birth because a widely observed pagan holiday already occurred on that date and thus Christmas would already have a popular following for celebration on that date. Or that early Christian leaders selected the date in order to dilute the pagan celebration. 

Mankind’s calendar notwithstanding, we celebrate the birth of our savior on December 25. Just days after we recognize the entrance into the earth’s dormant stage, we celebrate the way God brought new life to His people throughout time. 

Thank you, Jesus.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for your plan. Thank you that you have created a cycle of life and death and have included a plan where we can have eternal life spent in your presence. Amen. 

WHAT ABOUT YOU? What interesting insights do you have about the coincident celebration of the beginning of winter and Jesus’ birth?

1 comment:

Pam B. said...

I love the fact that each day now will be a little longer and that we are moving toward a new spring. January can be so dreary but that's followed by some gorgeous days every February as rainy days are followed by absolutely mood lifting blue sky and fresh smelling air. In my yard, the Star Magnolia tree is just about the first thing to bloom and it is beautiful---it looks like the tree is covered in popcorn. Spring is promised now by the little gift of a few more moments of day light each day.