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.

Be encouraged as you listen to this story of unexplainable joy.

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. Christine Straker says:

    I am so sorry for failing to continue to do what I used to do but I pray that God will bless me and my family. I will not fall off again.

  2. Gabisile Mbuthuma says:

    Thank you man of God for a great explaination. We get confused because people give us old explanations/reliogions that we must not celebrate the day our Savior was born. Even though the date is not exact but as Christians we will Praise and rejoice unto God for His love He sends to this world.

  3. Leslie says:

    Interesting information!

  4. Rosario Lewis says:

    Merry Christmas to Dear Billy Graham and family. Also Merry Christmas to all. Do not be trapped by commercial way of celebrating Christmas but get to the message that it is a message of love. God said love others as I have loved you. The love of Christmas is seen on the cross. Let’s remember especially those who we have hurt or they have hurt us. Let’s make this Christmas a memorial Christmas. Glory to God. Amen

  5. Max says:

    Today is a double special day. The Christian world Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, Immanuel (God with us) So that mankind through him could spend eternity in heaven. and it is also the Sabbath that God designated as a day of rest and worship. We should honor these days an they were intended and nor as vacation.

  6. Gerry says:

    There is a reason for the season and his name is Jesus Christ. Holy Son of God and Redeemer of all mankind. Praise your Holy name.

  7. Joyce Paul says:

    WISHING YOU AN ABUNDANTLY BLESSED CHRISTMAS! God Richly Bless Dr. Graham, Franklin Graham, Will Graham and BGEA! Amen.

  8. adepeju robert James says:

    Merry christmas to you Billy Graham and BGEA may the lord most high bless you.
    I thank God for the birth of our lord Jesus Christ, also i rejoice with the angel and I praise his most holy name

  9. adepeju robert James says:

    Merry Christmas to you Billy Graham. May the lord most high bless you.
    I thank God for the birth of our lord Jesus Christ, also i rejoice with the angel and I praise his most holy name

  10. Hany Sergah says:

    Thank you Billy man Of God of sharing your heart with us, Merry Christmas to you & all your family!