Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas and The Ninth Lesson

Merry Christmas to everyone~

Here at Willow's Cottage in California, near the Pacific Ocean, it is a cold and windy Christmas night. The stockings have been emptied, the meals (Christmas Eve Indonesian meal, Christmas morning breakfast and Christmas dinner) have been consumed, all the presents opened, loved and admired, and some family members have already departed.

What a wonderful day! We watched The New Boy celebrate his first Christmas! What joy!

And so I give you the last lesson and carol! Merry Christmas!

Lesson Nine
St. John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation

Text: John 1:1-14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

The true light, which enlightens everyone,, was coming in to the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Song of Praise
Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heav'n and nature sing,
And heav'n and nature sing,
And heav'n, and heav'n and nature sing.

Joy to the world! The Savior reigns;
Let men their songs employ,
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sin and sorrow grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground.
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness,
And wonders of his love,And wonders of his love,
And wonders, wonders of his love.

Isaac Watts and G.F. Handel

10 comments:

M.Kate said...

Hello Kak Willow :)
Merry Christmas again..and Indonesian evening meal, wow..I really would like to know what you cooked, but be really yummy..I can imagine it. Another wonderful post, much love, M

Vanessa Cole said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS Willow!

God's Girl.....I like that!

Vanessa

Flower said...

I am snug in my new red robe and once again have time to savour the wonder of Christmas! What are you going to do?

Yolanda said...

I hope you had a good one.

Sharon Lynne said...

When I was young I memorized most of John 1. "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God." It was fun to read it over again...and I had forgotten many parts. I am going to re-memorize it--thanks for the idea!

It gives one strength and perspective to be able to remind oneself of these beautiful facts.

nikkipolani said...

Mmmmmm! I would've liked to have seen that Indonesian Christmas Eve dinner! Ours was kind of mixed - American-Vietnamese.

Lovella said...

Oh Willow. . .I can imagine your fun with the new boy . .and also imagine you waving goodbye to loved ones yet again. . .
It goes far too quickly for my liking. I do hope you enjoy a few more quiet precious moments.

ellen b. said...

Hello Willow! So happy to hear everything was so wonderful with the clan and guests!! It must have been fun watching New Boy! We were out on the fun filled snowy roads today to hunt and gather what we need for our little family Christmas tomorrow morning and Katie's birthday party tomorrow night! You have to have a very snow worthy car to make it to our front door!!

Caroline said...

I'm interested in what constituted an Indonesian meal too. I've really enjoyed your lessons too.

Deb said...

My house has quieted down now as life settles back to 'normal'. I am so happy to be out visiting my blog friends and catching up on their lifes. I sat here reading the lessons and reflecting. Thank you and holiday greetings to all.