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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  1. Melville o. Garber says:

    We should be merry at heart for the birth of our Lord, Jesus. Even though we celebrate and have fun with family and friends on Chrismas Day, but our merriment should be exercised every day by our works that prove our faith in Jesus Christ!

  2. Gerry says:

    Merry Christmas to you Billy and your entire family. Thank you for all the many years of hard work in spreading the Gospel. Even in your senior years you still make every effort within your physical limitations. You are a true inspiration. May God continue to bless you.

  3. Joyce paul says:

    Because of Love God sent His Son from Heaven’s throne to earth, To rescue us from sin n death, A Gift of Priceless worth. MERRY CHRISTMAS…MERRY CHRISTMAS…!!! God Richly Bless you,ur family n BGEA! Amen.