Sunday, December 25

Christmas Day!

Quote of the Day:  “We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.”  Joseph Campbell

This was on the back of the church program a few Sundays ago.                               In Search of the Christmas Spirit:  President Thomas S. Monson                                                                                                                                                                            The true spirit of Christmas is never found in a surfeit of things.  It is less obvious in arrival and more lasting in impact.  

An unknown author wrote:                                                                                             “I am the Christmas Spirit.  I enter the home of poverty, causing pale-faced children to open their eyes wide in pleased wonder.  I cause the miser’s clutched hand to relax and thus paint a bright spot on his soul.  I cause the aged to renew their youth and to laugh in the glad old way.  I keep romance alive in the heart of a childhood and brighten sleep with dreams of woven magic.  I cause eager feet to climb dark stairways with filled baskets, leaving behind them hearts amazed at the goodness of the world.  I cause the prodigal to pause a moment on his wild, wasteful way, and send to anxious love some little token that releases glad tears– tears which wash away the hard lines of sorrow.  I enter dark prison cells, reminding scarred manhood of what might have been, and pointing forward to good days yet to come.  In a thousand ways I cause the weary world to look up; into the face of God, and for a little moment forget the things that are small and wretched.  I am the Christmas Spirit.

Best part of my Christmas day was talking to our son, Taylor, far away in Guatemala.  He has been gone for 16 months and we have missed him terribly.  He sounded happy, mature and wise.  Children are the greatest blessing and I thank the Lord daily for sending this one our way some 20 years ago!

Taylor in Guatemala opening Christmas package from home- December 2011


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