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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

December 8, 2009

God Make You Mighty, Girlfriends!

Gwen Smith

Today's Truth
"But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:10-11 NIV).

Friend To Friend
The Family Life Today show on my local Christian radio station once featured an author named Ace Collins who wrote a historical book about Christmas carols. One traditional carol they talked about was the song, "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen."

Before that day, the first line of that song never made sense to me. The title, "God rest ye, merry gentlemen," seemed too old-school-English to embrace. Was it encouraging us to sleep happily? I just didn't get it. But, I'm excited to share with you that the scales have fallen from my eyes! What I learned about this song is really cool, and I think you are going to find it fascinating as well...

Ace explained to the listeners that he had dug through a bunch of English text from the 1500 and 1600s. One of the first things he learned about this carol was that the comma in our modern day version is actually misplaced in the title. It's not "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen." It's supposed to read, "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen." While that information alone might not seem to make a difference, this next bit of information will bring the main point home. His research revealed that back in the day this song was written, the word "rest" actually meant "make" or "keep." And the word "merry" actually meant "mighty" or "great."

So...if we put that all together - in a modern translation - it should sing:

"God make you mighty, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay.
Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas day;
To save us all from Satan's power when we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy."

If you would allow me the freedom, I'd like to translate this even further. Call it the Girlfriends In God Revised Edition. This is powerful:

"God make you mighty, girlfriend! Do not be upset, discouraged, or frightened!
Jesus came to earth to take on our brokenness and sin so that we could be made beautiful and whole in Him! This is great news, which should bring you comfort and joy! Rejoice!"

Have a mighty Christmas! Have a powerful Christmas! Our hope is alive because 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ left His throne in heaven, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, suffered and died for our sin, and defeated death in resurrection. This is surely "good news of great joy!" (Luke 2:10).

Celebrate Christmas this year in His strength, in His peace, and in His joy. God make you mighty, girlfriend!

Let's Pray
Lord, You are mighty and powerful. No matter what I face, I want to walk in Your might instead of my weakness. Help me to remember that Your Word says: "Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4).

In Jesus' Name,

Now It's Your Turn
What do you need to be mighty in this Christmas season? Forgiveness? Grace? Understanding? Patience?

Is there something that is causing you to be fearful, discouraged, or upset? Pray about it right now and ask God for His strength to consume your weakness.

More From The Girlfriends
From my heart to yours, may you have a blessed December and a mighty, merry Christmas! Be safe in your travels, quick to forgive, and generous in love. emoticon emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TEDDYBEARGIRL 12/9/2009 11:53PM

    Good one!

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UGOGIRL51 12/9/2009 12:56PM

    emoticon emoticon Elayne.... emoticon

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MARYSUPPORTS 12/9/2009 7:02AM

    Thank you so much for this wonderful info.

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GOSPELCLOWN 12/9/2009 12:16AM

    Great insight. Thanks for sharing...


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LOTUSFLOWER 12/8/2009 10:48PM

    Thank you for posting this, I loved learning of the origin of that carol and for the message. emoticon

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GOING2LOSENOW 12/8/2009 9:02PM


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PEPPERLEAH 12/8/2009 8:30PM

    Thank you for this. Great blog; I enjoyed it very much!

Blessings to you;

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MRSJERRYBUSH 12/8/2009 6:15PM

    Thank you again, my friend. Another thought that gives me comfort again and again is, "If GOD brought you to it, HE'll bring you through it." And so HE does! HE lights my path and leads me through the bleakest of situations! I am indeed grateful. Edie

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SUCCESSFUL-GALE 12/8/2009 4:23PM

    Wonderful! I always interpreted as you can be happy and rest in God. Now, can you find out what the first line of Auld Lang Sine (or whatever it is) means...Should old acquaintence be forgot and never brought to mind....????

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EMILYBEMENT 12/8/2009 4:17PM

    Thank you for this great share!! My life is so blessed lately and I know the Hand of God is in control.
Thanks again, Em

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LACEEJO11 12/8/2009 2:02PM


I claim this help for the MIGHTY name of JESUS!!


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SHYFEMMEKAT 12/8/2009 1:51PM

    That was great!

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ZZYYGGY 12/8/2009 1:45PM

    May your December be just as great.

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