A Picture Perfect Christmas

The boys embelished the "Christ" candle
with their names, a Christmas tree, and a Santa hat.

 

At the beginning of this Christmas season I wrote about how we were late getting started with our Advent candle lighting and how my best laid plans for beautiful moments often end up as cautionary tales. But then I posted twenty-five days of cute little handmade needle-felted ornaments depicting twenty-five names of Jesus. This may have given you the impression that I indeed had it all together, and that we are over-flowing with dreamy, cute-as-pie family moments over here. That is so not the case.

Let me begin by confessing that while I was faithful about posting a name of Jesus each and every day, I was not so faithful about actually hanging them on the tree with the boys. We were consistently three to five days behind. Ironically, blogging about the wonderful things you are going to do with your children often supersedes actually doing them.

I thought it would be appropriate to close this holiday season, much as I began it, by posting a highlight video of this years' annual Christmas day advent candle lighting ceremony.

Jesus

His name is Jesus, which in Hebrew means "Jehovah is salvation".


But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

 

Matthew 1:20-21

 

For Advent I am listing 25 Names of Jesus for the 25 days of Christmas; see them all here.

King of Kings

Jesus is the King of Kings!

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

- Revelation 19:11-16

 

For Advent I am listing 25 Names of Jesus for the 25 days of Christmas; see them all here.

The Cornerstone

Jesus is the Cornerstone.

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’”

- Isaiah 28:16

 

For Advent I am listing 25 Names of Jesus for the 25 days of Christmas; see them all here.

The Resurrection

Jesus is the Resurrection.

 

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

- John 11:25-26

 

For Advent I am listing 25 Names of Jesus for the 25 days of Christmas; see them all here.

Son of God

Jesus is the Son of God.

I spent a long time trying to come up with a symbol for this one that could be reproduced in needle-felt. I gave up.

 

But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

- John 20:31

 

For Advent I am listing 25 Names of Jesus for the 25 days of Christmas; see them all here.

 

The Morning Star

Jesus is the Morning Star.

“I, Jesus, am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

- Revelation 22:16

You will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,

- 2 Peter 1:19

 

For Advent I am listing 25 Names of Jesus for the 25 days of Christmas; see them all here.

The Rock

Jesus is the Rock.

[Our fathers] all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.

- 1 Corinthians 10:3-4

"Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

- Luke 6:47-49

 

For Advent I am listing 25 Names of Jesus for the 25 days of Christmas; see them all here.