I wrote about writing Bible verses in my post 20 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas – but there’s something else to consider.
Before you write the cards take a few moments to sit down and ask God to be with you, so you can choose a verse that fits that person’s life. Christmas is stressful, especially for those who have lost the real joy of Christmas.
Recently I keep hearing references in the secular world about Christmas being about ‘peace’ and ‘love’, and I keep asking myself “How can it be about that any more?”
I don’t mean that the true meaning of Christmas is lost, but that in our secular society its meaning is lost. If you deny the Christ child where does the peace come from that everyone is grasping for? The presents? Most of the time we don’t truly appreciate the gifts we are given (doubt me, then what are the jokes about socks telling us) and many people are so unsatisfied by the shopping like empty cisterns they look ahead to the sales, or even just continue shopping on line throughout the season (even the day itself).
When people talk of the ‘love’ of Christmas I keep imagining drunks rambling to each other; “I really love you, you’re my best mate”. Of course that kind of statement is normally followed by a fight between the pairing; drink amplifies love and rage equally.
So with all the trials people bring to the season – the mess of complicated relationships (particularly in our society where divorce is abundant), and the underlying stress of debt, grief for the loss of a loved one to name just a few – peace can seem far away as you pretend to be jolly. So writing these verses may give hope in a world that may seem empty in spite of its frivolity.
But it’s also true that there may be those who have lots to be happy for this year, and it’s good to point to whom that joy comes from.
Her are some verses and what you may want to think about using them for.
For Someone Grieving
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
“You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Luke 2:12 “And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
For Those That Are Struggling Financially
Luke 1:30-31 “And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.”
“After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
“And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Luke 2:15-16 “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.”
Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
For Those Going Through Work Problems
Philippians 2:8-10 “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.”
Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
“for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
For Those Who Are At Á Crossroads In Their Life
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
For Those Who Are On Their Own
Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
For Those Who You Feel May Be Sad Because Of An Unknown Reason
Luke 2:10 “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
“And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” “
For Those With Good Things To Celebrate
Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
“This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”
“When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.”
For Those Facing Divorce
Acts 5:31 “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”
Isaiah 11:1 “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.”
“And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. read more.”
“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
I’d love to hear your feedback and comments, in the meantime…