eternal merriment.

merry christmas friends. i think this hymn puts it very well why we celebrate. these lyrics are rich; taste and see that God is good:

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

i love seeing extended family and eating amazing food. i love sharing stories with my grandpa and playing with little cousins. i love baking with the ladies and watching football with the guys; hearing about my lil' cousins' high school drama and college adventures. watching my grandma observe the room and opening the presents that overflow beneath the christmas tree...

...but all these things don't compare to the true source of our merriment. Jesus came so that we could have life to the fullest extent. while food is good, it can lose it's flavor. family is precious, but their love can only go so far. presents are fun to give and receive, but soon they'll be collecting dust.

Christ came to give us life in the fullest of senses. while all those things i listed i love and enjoy, i cherish this season because it's a time to rejoice that Christ has given us real Life. real Love. real Freedom. real hope and joy that will last for all eternity.

He is the source of eternal merriment. Hallelujah, what a Saviour.