Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Keeping Christmas

"We long for the abiding love among men of good will which the season brings . . . believing in this ancient miracle of Christmas with its softening, sweetening influence to tug at our heart strings once again.

We want to hold on to the old customs and traditions because they strengthen our family ties, bind us to our friends, make us one with all mankind for whom the Child was born, and bring us back again to the God Who gave His only begotten Son, that 'whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'

So we will not 'spend' Christmas . . .

nor 'observe' Christmas.

We will 'keep' Christmas--keep it as it is . . .

in all the loveliness of its ancient traditions.

May we keep it in our hearts,
that we may be kept in its hope."

--from a sermon by Peter Marshall entitled "Let's Keep Christmas"

On another holiday note, thank you to Kathleen Marie for blessing me with "The Spirit of Christmas" award!

6 comments:

Katie said...

Well said!! :-) Thank you for sharing this excerpt!

Merry Christmas to you Carrie and your hubby and your sweet son and your dear sister in NC and your blessed mom and Grandma that I see commenting on here every now and then....

You all are a wonderful family and I thank God for the simple blessings you have brought to me over the past several months!

Merry Christmas,
Katie

Katie said...

oops...meant your dear sister in "SC"... :-)

Anonymous said...

Amen! Thanks for sharing these meaningful words from Peter Marshall -- we are treasuring the memory of 'keeping' last Christmas with you and your family and looking forward to 'keeping' Christmas with Monica and family this year! Lots of love, Mom
PS: Congratulations on receiving the Spirit of Christmas award!

mer said...

I love this Carrie.

Molly said...

That's beautiful, thanks for sharing this good reminder!

Brittani's Holding Little Hands said...

Thanks for sharing it. Merry Chritsmas!