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We wish you a Merry Christmas is both a song and a greeting during this season. When I looked up the definition of merry, it seems that it has more to do with an inner state of being than something inherent in a certain day, situation or circumstance. Synonyms include words like joyful, delightful, carefree, cheerful, lighthearted. We might be able to pack a whole lot of fun into one day a year, or into the month of December, but even if everything was fun, fun, fun and you faced no hardship for a day, a week, or a month, would that be enough to make you merry? Would it make you full of joy, cheer and delight? I'm not so sure it would. I think it takes more than pleasant outward circumstances to make you merry, I think it takes peace within. For that, you need the Prince of Peace, the Christ of Christmas. When it is well with your own soul, then not only will you be free to be merry and full of joy, but you will be a spreader of merriment. Jesus said that from our inner good treasure we fling forth good things. (Matthew 12:35 Amplified Bible) So instead of waiting for something merry to happen or come to us, we can be a carrier of merriment. I don't want to just wish you a Merry Christmas, I want to share some merry with you, some joy, some delight, some cheer, some lightheartedness, from my heart to yours.
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