Thursday, December 24, 2009


Christmas Eve - December 24


And the angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people . . .
Luke 2:10


Juanita Kirkland:


Christmas, truly kept, is love. A person very close to me lives by the creed, "If whatever you do is done in love, you are indeed doing the will of God."


Are you willing to forget what you have done for others, and to remember what other people have done for you . . .


To ignore what the world owes you and to think what you owe the world . . .


To see that your fellow humans are just as real as you are, and to try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy . . .


To close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness . . .


Are you willing to do these things, even for a day?


Then you can keep Christmas!


Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and the desires of little children . . .


To remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old . . .


To stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough . . .


To trim your lamp so that it will give more light than smoke . . .


Then you can keep Christmas!


Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world - stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death . . . . and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem 2000 years ago is the image and brightness of eternal love?


Then you can keep Christmas!


And if you keep it for a day, why not always? But you cannot keep it alone . . .


God of Christmas,
God of our hearts,
May we bear the Christ
to all who need Him,
and allow His birth
in us again. Amen.

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