Christmas is Coming : Lyrics
Christmas is coming,
The geese are getting fat,
Please put a penny
In the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny,
A ha’penny will do,
If you haven’t got a ha’penny,
Then God bless you.
Last week in my Musings, I mentioned Jesus Christ most likely wasn’t born in December according to those who know traditional Jewish practices. First, Luke 1:5 In the days of King Herod of Judea there was a certain priest named Zechariah from the division Abijah, and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron and her name was Elizabeth.
In 1 Chronicles 24:1 we have an account of the way the sons of Aaron were divided into 24 divisions for the priesthood duties. The Abijah division served in the temple twice a year, in June and December which would mean John the Baptist was probably born in March – April or September-October [depending on the lunar calendar used] and Jesus being born 6 months later, would have been March – April or September – October . [info taken from One New Man Bible glossary p.1711-1712] We have examples of this these days by how Easter sometimes falls during Passover and Christmas and Hanukkah often overlap because the dates are figured according to two different calendars.
Luke 2:8 And shepherds were in this field, living out of doors and keeping watch by night over their flocks. (One New Man Bible)
I have heard in the spring at the time of the Passover, shepherds tending their sheep on the hills of Bethlehem had to watch the lambs very closely. The ones without spot or blemish were wrapped in swaddling cloths (as Jesus was) so they would be preserved for the temple Priests to use for Passover lambs .
Also, I’ve heard this may have been the time of Succoth or Booths when the Israelites made dwelling places outside of their houses to remind them of when they dwelt in tents in the wilderness. Shepherds were not always in the fields with their flocks at night, but shortly before Passover they would have been; possibly during the time of Booths.
Well, no matter when Jesus was really born, this is the time when most of the world is celebrating His coming and we get lots of opportunities to proclaim His coming and why He came. Also, we have a number of chances to give to let others know God gave the best gift; His only son so we could be saved from our sins and reconciled back to the Father, brought back into relationship with the One who made us and loves us from Eternity to Eternity.
Going back to the words of Mrs. Bland, if you have the means, please give wherever you see an opportunity. If you don’t have monetary means, what else can you give? Your time and attention? Something you can make with your own hands? Your prayers? Maybe it’s a phone call, an encouraging word or smile to someone you meet, a short text, visit, or just attending many of the various events in your area. Maybe like us, you’ve been kept inside due to the winter weather which has cancelled a number of activities lately. It’s been a good time to order and send things off our family’s Amazon wish lists, to get Christmas cards ready to mail, time to wrap what we’ve bought locally, and time to contact family and organize our schedule to visit them all in the next couple weeks.
No matter what is going on in your world, set your thoughts on the goodness of our God and give thanks for what you have, not what you’ve not. Hearts in general are a bit lighter, faces a bit brighter this time of year when we’re thinking about the joys of Christmas and enjoying the lights and festivities. Remember, peace on earth begins in each of our hearts as we turn to Christ, no matter what time of year it is! No matter what’s going on in your life right now, I encourage you to use this time as a springboard to joy, peace, love and a deep contemplation of all we have in Jesus Christ. The kind of joy that comes from the LORD is something we can have no matter what our circumstances are. Give out an extra hug to someone!
I’ll get back to my Psalm 91 study after Christmas!
My dear readers, I pray true Shalom (complete peace & provision including return of lost possessions/finances, reconciliation, health and well-being) in Jesus name, Amen