Bonus quote: The quieter the mind, the more powerful, the
worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the
prayer is. To the quiet mind all things are possible.

Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)
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TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: Christmas 2006
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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Luke's account of the Nativity

    Midway down the Page:
    --Luke's account, continued
    --Christmas: a poem

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --A famous Longfellow poem

        
   And the Last Word: Dr. Seuss and me
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And now, the Last Word:
Bonus Quote:
"God Bless us, everyone!"

Tiny Tim's prayer
"A Christmas Carol"
by Charles Dickens

 
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In those days a decree went out from
Caesar Augustus that all the world should be
enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when
Quirin'i-us was governor of Syria. And all
went to be enrolled, each to his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from
the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of
David, which is called Bethlehem, because
he was of the house and lineage of David, to
be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who
was with child. And while they were there,
the time came for her to be delivered. And
she gave birth to her first-born son and
wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid
him in a manger because there was no place
for them at the inn.

And in that region there were shepherds out
in the field, keeping watch over their flock
by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared
to them, and the glory of the Lord shone
around them, and they were filled with fear.
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; for to you is born this
day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the
Lord. And this will be a sign for you; you will find a
babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a
manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a
multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace
among men with whom he is pleased."

Luke 2: 1-14
Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
When the angels went away from them
into heaven, the shepherds said to one
another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem
and see this thing that has happened,
which the Lord has made known to us."
And they went with haste, and found Mary
and Joseph, and the babe lying in a
manger. And when they saw it they made
known the saying which had been told
them concerning this child; and all who
heard it wondered at what the shepherds
told them. But Mary kept all these things,
pondering them in her heart. And the
shepherds returned, glorifying and
praising God for all they had heard and
seen as it had been told them.

Luke 2: 15-19
Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
Christmas

Christmas is more than a time of music, merriment
and mirth;
 it is a season of meditation, mangers and
miracles.

Christmas is more than a time of gaiety, greenery
and gifts;
 it is a season of wonder, worship and wisemen.

Christmas is more than a time of tinsel, trees and
toys;
 it is a season of preparation, prayers and peace.

Christmas is more than a time of festivities, family
and friends;
 it is a season of generosity, gladness and
gratitude.

Christmas is more than a time of carols, cards and
candy;
 it is a season of dedication, direction and decision.

Christmas is more than Santa, stockings and
surprises;
 it is Christ, care and concern.

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)
Author, Methodist lay leader
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"Nativity" 1504
Albrecht Durer
Bells on Christmas Day

 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow already was grieving over the tragic death of his wife in a fire in 1861 when the Civil War
broke out, adding to his agony. Only two years later, Longfellow was again deeply saddened to learn that his son had
been seriously wounded in the Army of the Potomac.
 Sitting at his desk on Christmas Day, he heard the church bells ringing. Inspired, he wrote these familiar, poignant lines:
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and
deep.
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep!
The wrong shall fail,
The right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men!"
"It came without ribbons, It came without tags,
It came without packages, boxes, or bags.
Christmas can't be bought from a store...
Maybe Christmas means a little bit more."

Dr.Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991)
No Grinch, he.
Kneeling Angel
Giovanni Antonia Amadeo
Adoration of the Magi, 15th century
The Final, Last, Last Word:

Whatever your religion, dear Reader, may you feel contemplative joy at this
special time of year. May that dark corner of your heart, that winter that cowers
inside each of us, be warmed by the golden rays of Love. May His Light nurture
the growth of Hope and Faith there, where darkness once lay cold. And in that
timeless Spring of your soul, may His Word flower inside you until your happy
heart, like the enraptured sunflower, turns always toward Him.

Merry Christmas,
Lisa Bowman
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