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. Joel Christian says:

    WOW ! i never knew the perfect meaning of the word “MERRY”". Thank you Billy Sir for your explanation ! Merry Christmas to you sir ! and, your family. and all the people who sees my comment. i embrace everyone of you in Christ with love.. <3 :) And, he's coming soon ! Be prepared !

  2. David Shepherd says:

    Look forward to knowing better a “Merry” God

  3. Chinedum Anagor says:

    A revealing exposition!My joy this season is made stronger.May God increase BGEA ever more.So,merry Xmas.

  4. Rufus coimbatore says:

    please pray for me , i believed lord Jesus came to this world to save my life my wife left me living alone and i m living alone plz pray for me

  5. Joyce Paul says:

    I wish you the gift of peace,joy,faith and His love! MERRY CHRISTMAS to all christians! God bless you! amen.

  6. Jeff usunobun says:

    I praise your name Jesus for a precious day like this.Dr Billy i appreciate God your life,because you have impact this generation.merry Christmas to all in Jesus name

  7. masiza ngobeni says:

    I have missed a huge part of christmas over the year by not knowing the ‘strong and gallant’ aspect of it

  8. Elsie L. Webb says:

    Thanks to the Graham’s for all they do to bring people to The Lord. May GOD bless this United States of America and come quickly. Amen

  9. Obeng Korankye says:

    Thanks a lot.

  10. henry chibe says:

    Billy graham may GOD of heaven’s armies continue to inspire u to a greater height.