Merry Christmas to our Christian brothers and sisters around the world. Christ comforts us with true peace and joy in our hearts that cannot be extinguished. For this, we are grateful that God sent his Son Jesus into the world to give us this peace. May we pray for each other around the world because we don’t know how to acknowledge Christ on his birthday, whether or not we have religious freedom.
To our fellow Christians in North Korea, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, please continue praying for us, as we pray for you. God knows your sufferings for your faith in Christ. You might not have as much freedom to openly worship Christ as we do, but yet you still worship Christ even in secret.
And to our fellow Christian believers in nations like Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Loas, Vietnam, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, God hears your prayers because your faith is real. We need a stronger faith like yours to overcome our fears. We as poor souls, are trapped in Satan’s power so we need your prayers.
For all, here is a Christmas blessing from one of the earliest Christmas carols dated to the 16th century (c. 1760 version):
God rest you merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ our Saviour
Was born upon this Day.
To save poor souls from Satan’s power,
Which long time had gone astray.
Which brings tidings of comfort and joy.
Have a merry Christmas!