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Originally published 12-25-06
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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.

Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
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Book of Luke, William Arthur Ward, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Seuss


Dear Readers,

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


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...(continued below)

"Kneeling Angel," 1470    Giovanni Antonia Amadeo

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

"Adoration of the Magi"   15th century

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds
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


"Nativity" 1540                 Albrecht Durer

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


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
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!"


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The Last Word:

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.










































































Totally Random Bonus Quote:

"God Bless us, everyone!"

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


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