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peace on earth

“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

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” — attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby

“Isn’t it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for – I don’t know what exactly, but it’s something that you don’t mind so much not having at other times.” — Kate L. Bosher

“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!'” — Dave Barry

“People can’t concentrate properly on blowing other people to pieces if their minds are poisoned by thoughts suitable to the twenty-fifth of December.” — Ogden Nash

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” — Agnes M. Pharo

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’til his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?” — Dr. Seuss

“I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.” — Taylor Caldwell

Luke 2:10-14

A getting-ready-for-Christmas vignette from the Fairchild household. Jif and LG are getting ready for church. Susie will decide later if she can make it. LG is frantically wrapping gifts for church friends, teachers, etc.:

Stumble, stumble, crash, thud! “Daddy! Why did you pile all those boxes up there?!”

“To get them out of the way.”

“Well . . . they’re NOT out of the way!”

“Let me rephrase . . . to get them out of MY way.”

Biscuit runs through, crunching something. It’s a plastic Easter egg. “He’s trying . . . wrong holiday, Biscuit!”

Christmas is coming, ready or not . . .


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“Never was a faithful prayer lost. Some prayers have a longer voyage than others, but then they return with their richer lading at last, so that the praying soul is a gainer by waiting for an answer.” — William Gurnall

Matthew 7:7-11

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mitten tree

“There is no delight in owning anything unshared.” — Seneca

Matthew 25:35-40

(Sorry so late today. One of those days.)

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“It is difficult to steer a parked car, so get moving.” — Henrietta Mears

Isaiah 30:21

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“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” — Karl Barth

Psalm 86:3-5

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berries and sky

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” ~ Johannes A. Gaertner

Psalm 105:1-4

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rock garden rake

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” — Seneca

Lamentations 3:21-23

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“To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you everybody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.” — e.e. cummings

Psalm 139:13-16

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horse farm

“I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.” — Dalai Lama

Psalm 32:8-9

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“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.” — Anne Frank

Isaiah 41:13
This verse (and those preceding it) is my mantra these days. I embraced it for encouragement while dealing with WTF Disease. This weekend, it also applies to a new situation that has arisen for our family: MICE. In the HICE. (Er, house.) God help us.

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