I have already used this picture once today but I think it is an amazing shot that encapsulates so much of the meaning of Christmas for my wife Mary and for our family.
First, it’s dark. Winter is dark up here in the northern part of the U.S. We only get about nine hours of sunlight. There is snow on the tree. Along with being dark in the winter, it is cold. If we get precipitation at all, it comes in the form of snow and ice. There is a moon. I can’t think of any significance for the moon and Christmas, but it is a mostly full moon, which is mentioned in the poem “The night before Christmas”. “The moon on the crest of the new fallen snow, gave luster like midday to objects below”. There is the star. It is a star that my Wife Mary has looked at and cherished every Christmas of her life. If it was just a star shaped light it wouldn’t be that special, but it symbolizes another star, a star that led wisemen to seek a new king. That king was Jesus. That Jesus became the king of my wife Mary’s heart, then my heart, then our children’s hearts and now our grandchildren’s hearts.
Christmas is special to us because God became flesh and dwelt among us. He lived a perfect life, and died the death we deserve to pay a debt we cannot pay. He was raised to life and now lives forever to intercede for us.
Mary wrote a song about a special Christmas memory from her past. She doesn’t mention it in the song, but the star was shining over her little town that night, symbolizing another star that shown over another Bethlehem Ephrata, that led wise men to seek a king.
Please click on the link and listen to Mary’s song, “Merry Mary” and remember all the Christmases, especially the first one, when Jesus Christ was born.