And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
How’s this for a Christmas symbol?
Blood and spikes.
That doesn’t sound very Christmas-y does it? Truth be told, blood and spikes sound more appropriate for Holy Week and Good Friday or – for the less religious – Halloween.
But the symbol of blood and spikes is very Christmas-y!
Only we don’t usually refer to it in this way. Not “blood and spikes” but rather, the holly and the ivy!
Christmas Moments II is a series on the True Man Podcast.
On each episode in the series, Ed Blonski shares a devotional story about a Christmas song. You’ll then hear an original arrangement by Richard Souther.
The stories come from the book Christmas Moments II – An Epic Journey of Biblical Proportion. You can purchase a paperback copy here (and you’ll get a Kindle version for free!).