“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you (Mother Teresa).” We have the incredible power to brighten another’s day. It is not in so much what material things we give, but the giving of ourselves, our time, and our attention. When we enter another’s world and let them know they are respected, valued, and important, we have done something remarkable.
Moonless darkness stands between
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Moonless darkness stands between.
Past, the Past, no more be seen!
But the Bethlehem-star may lead me
To the sight of Him Who freed me
From the self that I have been.
Make me pure, Lord: Thou art holy;
Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly;
Now beginning, and alway:
Now begin, on Christmas day.
“A little smile, a word of cheer, A bit of love from someone near, A little gift from one held dear, Best wishes for the coming year. These make a merry christmas!”
In the Bleak Midwinter
Walter de la Mare
William Butler Yeats
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2: 11-14