Monday, December 1, 2014
I'm turning the page to the last month of this year. It's Christmas. It seems that Christmas is celebrated for a whole month. To my way of thinking, that's as it should be.
Our calendar page shows the word "Noel". I wondered about the origin of that word, so went to GotQuestions.org and found this meaning:
Our modern English word comes from the Middle English nowel, which Webster's 1828 Dictionary defined as “a shout of joy or Christmas song.” The roots of the word are the French noel (“Christmas season”), which may come from the Old French nael. This, in turn, is derived from the Latin natalis, meaning “birth.”
Wonderful! I love finding out the etymology of words. I like that it means "a shout of joy". Isn't that we should all be doing? Shouting for joy at the coming of our Lord Jesus. I think all believers will be doing that when He raptures His Church.
The carol "The First Noel" makes sense to me now. "The first shout of joy the angels did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay."
I'm sorry to say that to many people (most people?) Christmas is just a time to buy gifts and get gifts. They don't worship. They don't even think about what we are celebrating. Christmas has become a gigantic shopping season and winter celebration. I think of communist Russia where Christmas was taken over as a Winter Festival with snowflakes and snowmen taking center stage. That's the way the world would have it.
I'm so glad that there is more to Christmas than trees, lights and gifts. I'm so glad that God loved the world enough to send Jesus to us. He's the very best gift.
Noel! Let's shout our joy to the world at this season. Noel!