What does ‘Merry’ Mean?

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When at this season of the year we wish our friends a “Merry Christmas,” it is essential to realize that true merriment of heart is contingent upon the recognition of the truth that Christ was born in Bethlehem for our salvation. The word “merry” is from an old Anglo-Saxon word which sometimes meant “famous,” “illustrious,” “great,” or “mighty.” Originally, to be merry did not imply to be merely mirthful, but strong and gallant. It was in this sense that gallant soldiers were called “merry men.” Favorable weather was called “merry weather.” Brisk winds were called a “merry gale.” Spenser speaks of London as “merry London.” The word “merry” carries with it the double thought of “might” and “mirth,” and is used both ways in Scripture. One of the early Christmas carols was “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen.” The Christian is to engage in spiritual merriment as he thinks upon the fact that, through the redemption, he becomes a child of God’s family. The Bible teaches that the angels made merry at Christ’s birth.

Prayer for the day

This Christmas my heart is indeed merry when I think of Your birth, dear Lord. I rejoice with the angels and praise Your holy name!

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141 Comments

  1. Elwin Nathaniel says:

    We never realised how great is the word “merry” while saying “Merry Christmas” We are so glad that now we know the actual meaning and rejoice for the Lord’s coming . Thanks and God bless.
    How sad how people have changed from Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays

  2. ESTHER ADEBOLU says:

    Nice one

  3. trisha fuifui says:

    Glory to Jesus Christ..Amen.

  4. Abraham says:

    Please Pray for Christians in Malaysia. The Christian are being Persecuted. Amen

  5. Margaret Wood says:

    Thank you

  6. Edet Bassey says:

    AMEN.

  7. philip william george says:

    GOD BLESS .

  8. maureen machana says:

    Glory be to God .let me tell you God is real and am seeing this every day of my life. Just trust him your life Will never be the same again.

  9. William Johnson says:

    Thank you!

  10. Bro Adalberto Santiago says:

    God Bless! … 3John 2