Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weaknesses and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open? Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are ready to keep Christmas!
― Henry van Dyke
Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.
― G.K. Chesterton
Of course there is a Santa Claus. It’s just that no single somebody could do all he has to do. So the Lord has spread the task among us all. That’s why everybody is Santa Claus. I am. You are.
― Truman Capote
[Tweet “The Lord has spread the task among us all…everybody is Santa Claus. I am. You are. ~Capote”] Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving.
― B. C. Forbes
For many, Christmas is also a time for coming together. But for others, service will come first.
― Queen Elizabeth II
Christ always seeks the straw of the most desolate cribs to make his Bethlehem.
― Thomas Merton
[Tweet “Christ always seeks the straw of the most desolate cribs to make his Bethlehem. ~Thomas Merton”] Christmas is God lighting a candle; and you don’t light a candle in a room that’s already full of sunlight. You light a candle in a room that’s so murky that the candle, when lit, reveals just how bad things really are.
― N.T. Wright
Let him into the mire and muck of our world. For only if we let him in can he pull us out.
― Max Lucado
[A]s I read the birth stories about Jesus I cannot help but conclude that though the world may be tilted toward the rich and powerful, God is tilted toward the underdog.
― Philip Yancey
God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment. No evil can befall us; whatever men may do to us, they cannot but serve the God who is secretly revealed as love and rules the world and our lives.
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
[Tweet “God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment. ~Bonhoeffer”] At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.
― Mother Teresa
Any one thinking of the Holy Child as born in December would mean by it exactly what we mean by it; that Christ is not merely a summer sun of the prosperous but a winter fire for the unfortunate.
― G.K. Chesterton
[Tweet “Christ isn’t merely a summer sun of the prosperous but a winter fire for the unfortunate ~Chesterton”] Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
― Calvin Coolidge
It’s Christmas, and no matter what historical usage you choose to assign to “mass,” be it mission or Lord’s Supper, Christ’s Mass refers to WHY he came, not THAT he came. Christ’s mission was to be a sacrifice.
― William Branks
Except the Christ be born again tonight
In dreams of all men, saints and sons of shame,
The world will never see his kingdom bright.
― Vachel Lindsay
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