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My Christmas Card - Warning: Seasonal Religious Message!

My Christmas card - Warning:  Seasonal Religious Message!

Do not read if you are easily offended by the word Christmas, or what the Christmas celebration represents.  If you are expecting a celebratory note about the wondrous winter solstice festivus, read no further.  You will be disappointed.

 

This Christmas card is rated RG-M - Religious Guidance recommended.  For mature audiences.

 

This Christmas, like every Christmas, it’s best to try to push out the commercial world and welcome in the real reason for the celebration. That isn’t always easy! The world, and commercialism, is an ever-encroaching thing that never ends.

Also never-ending is the hue and cry to remove Christ from the Christmas season. But Christmas is not a holiday. Christmas is a celebration!  As the Happy Holidays people become more abundant, and the Merry Christmas people less, the meaning of what it is we celebrate becomes more watered down.  

And as that happens, the great thing that was the birth of a Savior, so accompanied with predicted signs, and fulfilled with events of wonderment, is even now fading in understanding. The holiday  that celebrates His foretold birth has become a shopping-deal event. The celebration  will lose further importance unless we Christians hold Him up as a light before others, as He held Himself up as The Light of the World. We must take upon us His name, and always remember Him.

So what of this foretold birth? It happened in the most humble of places and the most normal of ways. A couple nearly torn apart by an unexpected circumstance, was held together by receiving divine understanding. The marriage they both desired happened, and the baby that they found themselves anticipating was born. 

Contemplate the gentle scene here. It depicts Mary as the youth she was. In her day young women betrothed and were married not long after reaching puberty. She was pregnant at a very young age. The couple perhaps had little in the way of worldly things, and during a difficult trip the scripture makes it seem like they found themselves traveling without much provision when she gave birth.

Notice the baby’s clothing. The scripture calls it “swaddling clothes.” To those who don’t understand the word, and consider that it might mean something chic and trendy, the word swaddling actually means tightly-wrapped rags. Jesus was dressed as humbly as humble can be. His first bed was hay in a trough where farm animals eat. The chic and trendy word for that is “manger.”

Jesus had a well-rounded childhood. We read, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” (Luke 2: 52) Today we would call that mental, physical, spiritual, and social development. Jesus understood His calling from a young age. He paid attention to everything.

When I show the sketch on the right to people, they instinctively say it is Jesus healing the blind man. Which? There are four different such stories in the New Testament, but it doesn’t matter – that is indeed what it depicts.

What do you see? Look closely. Imagine being blind from birth. Close your eyes. The zillions of points of light that you see are from optic nerve stimulation. Blind people probably don’t see that. Without such stimulation they likely see black. Now open your eyes and imagine that the first thing you see is the Savior of the world. But you don’t know that. What you see a kindly, smiling, loving face. You have never seen anything before, and that face, His face, is what you see first.

Look again. Close your eyes, and with your left hand grab your right wrist and squeeze hard. Open your eyes and look at your left hand. Now look again at the sketch. The now healed blind man is visibly moved. White knuckled, he is squeezing hard! His gratitude is obvious and it becomes permanent.

May we all grab Him and squeeze hard. May we all look with our own eyes in gratitude, and reciprocate His love. May we all remember our title as Christian.

 

May this Christmas, and your new year, be filled with family, personal growth, success, love, the Golden Rule, and good tidings that last all year long.  Merry Christmas!

 

The artist for the painting and the sketch is Liz Lemon Swindle.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 17 commentsJay Markanich • December 23 2015 05:47AM

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Merry Christmas Jay. One can only imagine what it would be like to be blind and the see for the first time.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 3 years ago

I can imagine, but cannot see, what lies in store for me if I am an obedient boy, Michael.  The more I love, however, the more I can see.  Mery Christmas to you!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Jay, great idea on the card rating! And you are right. It's a celebration not a holiday. A celebration of love, hope, and redemption. A celebration of the birth of Christ Jesus. Merry Chritmas to all! 

Posted by Scott Pope, You Can't Live Without Water™ (Nautical Properties) about 3 years ago

Thanks Scott!  The word Christmas means Christ's celebration.  And why the word police want to remove it from the vocabulary and traditional celebrations.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Good morning Jay,

A great post of what we should be thinking and acting out in our daily lives.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 3 years ago

Gracias, Hermano Raymundo.  Felix Navidad a todos, tambien.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Jay, have you ever seen the movie Heaven is Real? It is based on a true story. You would love it. Your heart is BIG. This piece speaks from it and touches me deeply. 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) about 3 years ago

Merry Christmas Jay! Love is the way!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 3 years ago

I haven't seen it Gayle.  But I have had a couple of sock-knocking-off experiences.  Merry Christ Celebration!

Anna B - and Merry Christ Celebration backatcha!  And, yes, I think it is.

And remember you two - when you feel down, squeeze your right wrist hard.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Jay, I'd never thought of the healing of the blind in the way you illustrated.  Merry Christmas!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) about 3 years ago

Glad you like it Bliz.  As with most things with Jesus, the healing of the blind men (four different ones) was layered with teaching.  The act, for sure, was miraculous, but there is a lot of metaphor in there, intended for eyes that see, or see afterward.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

May the joy of the season be yours throughout the year Jay....a very healthy, happy and prosperous new year.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 3 years ago

Thank you S&D!  And this is leap year, so there are still 365 shopping days left until Christmas!

; >)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

I'm a Christmas person myself Jay Markanich and I know and believe in the reason for the season

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank and Trust) about 3 years ago

Deanna - as more and more try to remove that reason from our society, we will have to be firmer and firmer in our discipleship.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

What a beautiful message, Jay.

Happy Christmas! 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 2 years ago

Thank you Inna.  I am happy you enjoyed it.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

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