Sunday, December 03, 2006

On the first day of Christmas....

I found a Christmas funny for you all, straight from the Bible. I have heard it before, but forgot until I was reading the Christmas story this morning in Luke. I'm still cracking up! Remember Zechariah? Father of John the Baptist. He couldn't believe he could be a father at his age. Here's the first verse about it:
18Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years."
19The angel answered, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time."
Luke 1:18-20

And nine months later, little John the Baptist was born, and Zechariah was still mute, until...
62Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John." 64Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God. Luke 1:62-64

The people these verses are refering to had come to circumcise baby John. But, why in the world were they signing to Zechariah? The Bible says he was made silent, not deaf! I bet the people were all making wierd gestures, and yelling, "What do you want to name your son?!!!" I can imagine, that before writing, "His name is John," Zechariah must have written, "I'm not deaf, you idiots!" The Bible can even be funny sometimes! I bet God has the best sense of humor and I bet Jesus was a hoot at parties!

On to other Christmas happenings, we put up our tiny Charlie Brown fiber optic Christmas tree last night. I took some pics of the great event!

The girls helping daddy set it up. I opted for this tree last year when Zoe was starting to walk, and now, she's into EVERYTHING, so it has no breakable ornaments and no light bulbs, and can't hurt her if she turns it over. And she thought it was GREAT anyway. Hearing her try to say Christmas tree is a treat unto itself.

Megan put on a lot of decorations this year. She is almost 5 now, so she's getting into the Christmas spirit. We had a lot of ornaments with special meaning, like some my mom had made for me, some I had made when I was a little girl, our first ornament as a married couple, and some that Meg has made. Not the greatest tree ever, but the meaning is what counts--and playing Christmas music in the background helped too :)

Bryan's job is to put the tree topper on--this year, a beatiful crocheted angel that my mom made me years ago. I'll spend the rest of this week putting up a few more decorations and I'll post more pics for you. Here's to a simple, but heartfelt Christmas!


D.S. Lear said...

Too funny! Laughter is like a good medicine and you have spooned up a good dose with the "signs" discovery. To an unbeliever it's all about a believer it's about speaking...thank you for this I gives me something to ponder. You have a beautiful family. And by the way if I knew that you were stopping by to read my comments over there I would have baked you a cake.

Misty said...

Thanks so much for visiting! Good conversation is welcome. And I love cake :)

massivetruth said...

I thought I would say hi, since Maggie made me.

Misty said...

Thanks for coming over. Good to see new blog faces! "Maggie" can be bossy, but I love her ;)