This past year has been as joyful as it has been sorrowful. Without regard for the commercial aspects of the season, let’s be reminded that this season is with reason: The celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. He is joy. So as you busy yourself with holiday activity and maybe even feel the blues, take in these beautiful sentiments by some famous authors who remind us of The Reason and also of the joys to be had.
Excerpt, Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem
by Dr. Maya Angelou
It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.
On this platform of peace, we can create a language
To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.
At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ
Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues at the coming of hope.
All the earth’s tribes loosen their voices
To celebrate the promise of Peace.
Excerpt, What Forgotten Christmas Tradition Should Churches Revive? – Patricia Raybon
In Christ, we have someone worth shouting about, a true reason to light up the night—and not apologize. So come! Let us adore him! How? Let’s turn on the lights. Again.
Excerpt, Shepherd’s Song at Christmas
Look there at the star!
I, among the least,
Will arise and take
A journey to the East.
But what shall I bring
As a present for the King?
What shall I bring to the Manger?
I will bring a song,
A song that I will sing,
In the Manger.
My prayer is that you receive the love of the Lord this holiday season and throughout the New Year. Thank you for your kindness and support. And most of all, Merry Christmas.