Some Christmas Thoughts
Articles - Christian Growth
by Lyn Packer
Those of you who know me know that I love quotes. I have pages and pages of them on my computer. I suppose the reason I like them is many-fold – some are funny and tickle my sense of humour, some are full of wisdom, some I wish I'd had the words to say myself, but all make me think; I stop for a moment and ponder their meaning and how it fits in my life. Whatever the reason - I like quotes, and I know that a lot of you do too. I get emails in my inbox "20 Bill Johnson quotes" "Top 10 quotes on grace" etc. So I thought this month as we head toward Christmas I would send you some Christmas quotes.
Last year I used some of these quotes and some scriptures to make an advent calendar with a different quote on each of the 25 days leading up to Christmas. Maybe you'll do something similar or even use them as gift tags on your gifts this year – hmm there's a project idea for me in there too, I think. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these quotes and that they stir you to think about the meaning of Christmas.
"There has been only one Christmas - the rest are anniversaries". - W.J. Cameron
"This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone." ~ Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985), English novelist.
"May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!" - Author Unknown
"The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God." - C.S.Lewis (Mere Christianity)
"This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ." - Frank McKibben
"Remember, if Christmas isn't found in your heart, you won't find it under a tree." - Charlotte Carpenter.
"Christmas, my child, is love in action." ~ Dale Evans (1912-2001), American film actress, singer and songwriter. Wife of Roy Rogers.
"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly." ~ Andy Rooney (1919-), American writer, producer, humorist
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more." ~ Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), American author of children's books. From 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'
"Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority." - W.J. Cameron
"God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame." - Elizabeth Barrett
"How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments." - Benjamin Franklin
"Even as an adult I find it difficult to sleep on Christmas Eve. Yuletide excitement is a potent caffeine, no matter your age." - Carrie Latet
"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!" - Hamilton Wright Mabie
"When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?" - G.K. Chesterton
"Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God." - George F. McDougall
"Great little One! whose all-embracing birth lifts Earth to Heaven, stoops Heaven to Earth." - Richard Crashaw
"God sent a star to light the night for The Way, The Truth, The Life - His Son. He sent the Light of Life to prove His heart so we would invite His Son into our own. God has given us all the light we'll ever need to find peace on earth, goodwill to men." - Pamela F.Dowd
"The message of Christmas is that the visible material world is bound to the invisible spiritual world." - Author Unknown
"PEACE IS . . . gazing at the stars with the knowledge that you know their Creator. Closing your eyes in sleep without fear of tomorrow, the stillness in your heart when trouble swirls around you, a quiet mind in a raging world." - Author unknown
"Where there is faith, there is love; Where there is love, there is peace; Where there is peace, there is God; And where there is God, there is no need." - Leo Tolstoy
"The giving of gifts is not something man invented. God started the giving spree when He gave a gift beyond words, the unspeakable gift of His Son." - Robert Flatt
"Blessed is The season which Engages the whole World in a Conspiracy of love." - Hamilton Wright Mabie
GIVE THE FOLLOWING GIFTS:
"To your enemy . . .forgiveness,