“Merry Christmas”

Last night I went to a Christmas Eve service at the church house, and it was one of the best I’ve ever attended. It wasn’t that there was beautiful pomp to embrace. There was no pomp. It was people coming through the doors as themselves and feeling they were meeting friends because they were! Oh, it was a motley crew to be sure, but all the more special because of it. God doesn’t make cookie cutters.

When I was a kid, I had visions of church being like this and especially a place where the brokenhearted could come and know there was peace, joy and love because God was there. I saw it last night in a way that made even my dreams pale.

All of this has me wondering once again what others think about the phrase “Merry Christmas.” Of course it can mean the fun of the holiday, or the kindness that’s often shown in lavish amounts more than the rest of the year, or it’s an amenity. But too often it’s associated with something stilted and dare I say, religious. I heard Richard Armitage say he’s not religious. I’m not either, and I mean that in the sense I rarely feel compelled to observe rituals in my relationship with the Lord. His magnificence is simply there and He’s not going away. Hallelujah! It makes me want to share it and say Merry Christmas everyday!

If you have trouble watching this video from my site, click on the YouTube icon in the lower right corner to watch it on YT.

NOTE: for some reason unknown to me, the singer of this song followed me on Twitter this week. Maybe she’s a Richard Armitage fan. Whatever the case, I chuckled when I saw her twitter come up. Maybe she’ll figure out what a crazy place this is and quit following me (may have already), but I’m glad she’s done it long enough to remind me of the greatest gift I’ve received or ever will.


  1. Merry Christmas :)

  2. Merry Christmas to you too! And I’m going to finish reading the rest of your stories while I”m off. :D

  3. Merry Christmas to you too,greetings from Romania

  4. Merry Christmas to you and yours Frenz, as well as to those who read your blog. Thank you for sharing this video. Susan Ashton was unknown to me too but she has a lovely voice. So easy to listen to and I found her song “Here in my heart” very beautiful. The lyrics resonated with me somehow and I loved the tempo!

    Having been a church-goer all my life I have found to my cost over these years that so-called “religious” people know little or nothing of Christianity so I appreciate when people say they are NOT religious!! My late husband was a Pastor and I always felt as though I had to talk or behave in a certain way so that I lived up to what was expected of me as a Pastor’s wife. My husband passed away over 10 years ago and about 8 years ago I found a church where I don’t feel I have to wear a mask, as it were. I can be ME! You have no idea how liberating that has been. I had lost the joy of being a Christian for so many years and now I have it back. I can attest to the fact that God never lets go!

  5. I’m sorry that happened to you, Teuchter but so glad you found liberation. As you know, “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!” :D

  6. Never truer words were said! The song made me think of the old hymn “O love that will not let me go”. I found this wonderful version of it on YT sung by the Westminster Chorus in an amazing church in Dortmund, Germany, called Petrikirche. As instructed on the video, please listen with earphones to get the full effect of the fantastic acoustics! Gave me goosebumps! :) Enjoy!

  7. Viki Adamescu, Thank you for the greetings and here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas as well. :)

    Teuchter, that’s gorgeous! Thank you for sharing that.

  8. Merry Christmas – my wish that the recipient of the greeting would know what I know: the incomprehensible peace, the indescribable joy in the knowledge that I cannot be bad enough to lose God’s love nor good enough to deserve it. I know that old girl looking back at me from the mirror. She’s a total mess. But God loves me anyway, welcomes me anyway, invites me to climb up in His big lap to whine and cry and tell Him all about it. HalleluJAH! Love your song, Teuchter

  9. Amen!

  10. Merry Christmas, Frenz! I hope it was a good one.

  11. Oh yeah! This is one of my fav Ashton songs. Love this girl. Thanks for sharing it, Frenzy. :-)

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