I happened upon an elderly widower while doing a little last minute Christmas shopping this week. The gentleman and I struck up a conversation and as we talked I learned that after several years of living alone he had finally found a “girl friend” and was looking for a gift for her. I suggested earrings. He say, “She doesn’t want earrings, she wants a ring!” (Wedding bells in 2022?)
A few standout quotes:
- “To the ruler of the universe it was as much an act of condescension to become an emperor as to become a peasant, to wield the scepter of an Augustus as to ply the tools in the carpenter’s shop at Nazareth.” _Joseph Barber Lightfoot (1828-1889), Classic Sermons on the Holy Spirit
- “If my children wake up on Christmas morning and have somebody to thank for putting candy into their stocking, have I no one to thank for putting two feet into mine?” _Os Guinness, The Call
- “Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.” _G. K. Chesterton
- “Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room.” _Nora Roberts
When I was young Christmas was about who was coming—Santa. As I grew older, Christmas was about where I was going—to visit family. At this stage of my life, Christmas is becoming more and more about who has left or who will soon. The one common thread through it all is who originally came—Jesus. As long as I hold on to that, He holds on to me.
Here’s wishing you a most blessed and Merry Christmas and praying that Jesus will be present in your Christmas and future…no matter who else is there or not there.