You Can Keep Christmas

Artwork by Julia S.

John 1:1-5, 10-18

by Cathy Whitty

God sent his son Jesus to be the light of our world– to love us unconditionally – never ceasing. His loving arms are open and ready to embrace us with his love. What a wonderful gift that God has given us. How do we share the gift of Christ with others? We know God loves us, but how do we show our love for others? In our busy lives we become so preoccupied and self-absorbed that we forget to share our love. Henry Van Dyke’s book, The Spirit of Christmas, states it well:

Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people and to remember what other people have done for you; to ignore what the world owes you and to think what you owe the world; to put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance, to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and to look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness- are you willing to do these things for a day? …Then you can keep Christmas. … Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world – stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death – and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the eternal love? Then you can keep Christmas.

May we share the gift of love to others not only at Christmas but all through the year.

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