Friday, December 16, 2011

12 Phrases of Christmas

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and good will,
to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel”
[a] (which means “God with us”). -Matthew 1:23

Like snowflakes,
my Christmas memories gather and dance -
each beautiful, unique and too soon gone.

And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name. -Luke 1:46-49

Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.

"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace."
- Isaiah 9:6

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

And the angel said to them,
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you
good news of a great
joy that will be for all the people." -Luke 2:10

Christmas is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.

But Mary treasured up all these things,
pondering them in her heart. -Luke 2:19

Christmas - that magic blanket that wraps itself about us,
that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance.
It may weave a spell of nostalgia.
Christmas may be a day of feasting,
or of prayer, but always it will
be a day of remembrance - -
a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, (14) “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
- Luke 2:13-14


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