With the change in the hour we got talking of times and seasons, now winter is almost upon us. And that means the Church’s Season of Advent and then Christmas, surviving under the onslaught of Belshazzar’s ‘God of Gold’ (Daniel 5:4).
There are those who claim to be Christian who also refuse to celebrate this season or any other except Holy Week and Easter, most notably Jehovah’s Witnesses. They assert authority from Scripture, but in the Old Testament it is the wicked who want to abolish the feasts of the Lord (Psalm 73:8). Or in England, Oliver Cromwell, all head and no heart.
After all, there could be no Easter without Christmas, no Christmas without Mary’s acceptance of Gabriel’s Message (Luke 1:38).
It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to thy name, O most High.
To shew forth thy mercy in the morning, and thy truth in the night. (Psalm 92: 2-3).
And if the pagans, even the modern pagans, give thanks for the Harvest, surely we should not be backward in acknowledging that all is given to us, not forced from our Creator by the power of our prayers and good deeds.
Pumpkins by Janet Billingsley.