Thursday, December 11, 2008

Candlelight services, more fun for kids

Prodigal John at Stuff Christians Like posted a new blog on Giving Open Flames to Kids on Christmas Eve>>> which made me giggle.

I was thinking about Christmas Eve Candlelight Services the other day and why we Christians like them so much. As kids, we loved those special occasions when we got to play with candles and do things together by candle light. However, having come from a non-Christian household, when we used candles, they were mainly for creating a new age -type ambience. I still get a little touchy about the whole candle thingy. Plus, today, I seem more concerned about dripping melted wax onto the pews or the people in the pew next to me. When I was kid, it was all about the excitement of the open flame.

On the more spiritual front, Christmas is a yearly reminder of the light that entered the world to save us - the first coming of Christ. Like a star shining on the backdrop of night. In John 9:5, Jesus tells us: "While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." And now we await patiently, anticipating His glorious second coming as well and being sanctified by His Holy Spirit.

I guess I'll just go ahead end this ramble with my favorite Christmas carol:

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O holy night, O night divine!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

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