The Spirit Of Christmas
The event of Christ is the
only event in human history
that promises relocation and
centering, meaning and purpose.
This promise and its fulfillment
and heartfelt praise and thanks,
especially for those
aware of their own brokenness and the
healing which Christ brings into their lives.
Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night,
those angels peeled back the sky just
like you would tear open a
sparkling Christmas present.
Then, with light and joy pouring out of
Heaven like water through a broken dam,
they began to shout and sing the message
that baby Jesus had been born.
The world had a Savior!
The angels called it
"Good News,"and it was.
The Spirit Of Christ
The spirit of Christmas needs to be
superseded by the Spirit of Christ.
The spirit of Christmas is annual;
the Spirit of Christ is eternal.
The spirit of Christmas is sentimental;
the Spirit of Christ is supernatural.
The spirit of Christmas is a human product;
the Spirit of Christ is a divine person.
That makes all the difference in the world.
What is Christmas?
It is tenderness for the past,
courage for the present,
It is a fervent wish that
every cup may overflow
with blessings rich and eternal,
and that every path may lead to peace.
~Agnes M. Pharo
The Love Of God
As we prepare for our traditional celebrations,
let us remember those who will not be
looking forward to this festival.
Let us remember too how Jesus identified
with the oppressed and the homeless.
Let the joy of the festival touch more of the
people of our world this year than ever before.
May God be glorified and may people of
good will once again experience His peace.
The Gifts From God
In spite of the many benefits
God has blessed us with,
how many times do we complain
about little difficulties and trials?
We lose sight of the big picture and fail to
appreciate the really important things.
Just as we cannot benefit from a wrapped gift
under a Christmas tree until we open it,
so gratitude can be seen as our way of opening
the gift of God's love intended by all the
small and big positive events of our lives.
~Ronda De Sola Chervin
Thanks Be To God
Thanks be to God for his unspeakable Gift—
incomparable inexpressible -
precious beyond words.
Unto You This Day
And she will bear a Son,
and you shall call His name Jesus,
for it is He who will save
His people from their sins.
Whatever else be lost among the years,
Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing:
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,
Let us hold close one day, remembering
Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men.
Let us get back our childlike faith again.
~Grace Noll Crowell
Eternal God, this holy night is radiant
with the brilliance of your one true light.
May that light illuminate our hearts and
shine in our words and deeds.
May the hope, the peace, the joy,
and the love represented by the
birth in Bethlehem this night fill our
lives and become part of all that
we say and do.
May we share the divine life
of your son Jesus Christ,
even as he humbled himself
to share our humanity.
~Rev. Richard J. Fairchild