"'I am the Lord's servant,' Mary answered. 'May it be to me as you have said.' Then the angel left her." ? Luke 1: 38
"The earth has grown old with its burden of care
But at Christmas it always is young,
The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair
And its soul full of music breaks the air,
When the song of angels is sung."
? Phillips Brooks
"When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife." ? Matthew 1:24
"Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame
Blessed is the flame that burns in the secret fastness of the heart." ? Hannah Senesh
"When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness." ? Bob Hope
"Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart." ? Washington Irving
"The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others' burdens, easing other's loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas." ? W. C. Jones
"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told." ? Luke 2: 19-20
"To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle." ? Walt Whitman
"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.'" ? Mathew 2:1-2
"Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect." ? Oren Arnold
"Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion." ? Ralph Sockman
"Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart...filled it, too, with melody that would last forever." ? Bess Streeter Aldrich
"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 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.'" ? Luke 2:8-12
"'Maybe Christmas,' he thought, 'doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more.'" ? Dr. Seuss from 'How the Grinch Stole 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. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world." ? Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), Presidential message offered on December 25, 1927
Christmas Eve Prayer
"Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure.
Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.
Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts.
And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace."
? Frank Borman, Apollo 8 space mission, 1968
"Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given ? when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes." ? Joan Winmill Brown
"Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance - each beautiful, unique and too soon gone." ? Deborah Whipp
"When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.' So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them." ? Luke 2: 15-18
"Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. ? Edith Lovejoy Pierce
"Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall." - Fulton J. Sheen