Sunday, December 25, 2011

25 Quotes of CHRISTmas

1. "The message of Christmas is that the visible material world is bound to the invisible spiritual world." ~Unknown 

2. "The kindness of Christmas is the kindness of Christ. To know that God so loved us as to give us His Son for our dearest Brother has brought human affection to its highest tide on the day of that Brother's birth. If God so loved us, how can we help loving one another?" ~Maltbie Davenport Babcock

3. "What makes Christmas?"
    I asked my soul, 
    And this answer came back to me:
    "It is the Glory of heaven 
    Come down in the hearts of humanity--Come in the spirit and heart of a Child,
    And it matters not what we share at Christmas;
    It isn't Christmas at all 
    Unless the Christ Child be there." ~Unknown

4. "Christ was born in the first century, yet He belongs to all centuries.
    He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races.
    He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries
    ~George W. Truett

5. "The real Christmas experience for anyone is the turning on of the light within, which comes from the spirit of the indwelling Christ. It is still His incoming that makes the difference between a darkened inn and a glorified stable.

Before we go on with our Christmas preparation, let us ask ourselves whether the real Christmas has come to us; whether what we are going through is just a form, a bartering of gifts, a forced holiday, or whether we have a real experience that makes Christmas a joy and not a bore. Christ taken in and then given out, that makes it a genuine Christmas for us and for others; for "God shined in our hearts" that the light might be passed on.
" ~Albert W. Beaven

6. "Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts." ~George Matthew Adams 

7. "Christmas, my child, is love in action...
     When you love someone, you give to them as God gives to us.
     The greatest gift He ever gave was the Person of His Son, sent to us in human form so that we might know what God the Father is really like!
     Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas." ~Dale Evans Rogers

8."You know the story--an infant, born in a stable, worshiped by lowly shepherds and travelers from the East. Sweet story, but does it hold any meaning for your life today? Consider this. The entire Bible pivots on this single event in history. The Old Testament predicts it, and the New Testament confirms it. The Child lying in that tiny manger was no ordinary child--He was God incarnate, who came to live and die for you. The story won't be fully told until you bow your knee to Bethlehem's Babe and call Him the Lord of your life." ~Rebecca Currington 
9.  "The universal joy of Christmas is certainly wonderful. We ring the bells when princes are born, or toll a mournful dirge when great men pass away. Nations have their red-letter days, their carnivals and festivals, but once in the year, and only once, the whole world stands still to celebrate the advent of a life. Only Jesus of Nazareth claims this worldwide, undying remembrance. You cannot cut Christmas out of the calendar, nor out of the heart of the world." ~Unknown

10. "You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father's face and tell Him you have received His Christmas gift." ~John R. Rice
11. "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 is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas." ~Henry Van Dyke
12.Christmas is more than a time of music, merriment and mirth; it is a season of meditation, mangers and miracles. Christmas is more than a time of carols, cards and candy; it is a season of dedication and decision.” ~William Arthur Ward

13. "Christmas is not a day or a season, but a condition of heart and mind.
      If we love our neighbors as ourselves;

      if in our riches we are poor in spirit and in our poverty we are rich in grace;
      if our charity vaunts not itself, but suffers long and is kind; 
      if when our brother asks for a loaf we give ourselves instead;
      if each day dawns in opportunity and sets in achievement, however small;
      then every day is Christ's day and Christmas is always near." ~ James Wallingford

14. "Selfishness makes Christmas a burden; love makes it a delight."~Anonymous

15. "Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. 
Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. 
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. 
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts. 
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake. Amen!
(A Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson)

16. "Blessed be God for His unspeakable Gift, we need Him.
       Souls desire Him as the heart panteth after the water brooks. 
       He came to the world in the fullness of time.
       He comes at this Advent season to us. Today may be for some soul here the fullness of time. 
       Let us open the gates and admit Him, that this Christ may be our Christ forever; that living with Him and dying with Him, we may also be glorified together with Him." ~David James Burrell

17. "Christmas is based on an exchange of gifts: the gift of God to man--His Son; and the gift of man to God--when we first give ourselves to God." ~Vance Havner

18. "CHRISTmas is a time for 'giving up' sin, bad habits, and selfish pleasures. 
       CHRISTmas is a time for 'giving in' surrender to CHRIST, acceptance of Him as King. 
       CHRISTmas is a time for 'giving out' real giving, not swapping." ~Anonymous

19.  "The coming of Christ by way of a Bethlehem manger seems strange and stunning. But when we take Him out of the manger and invite Him into our hearts, then the meaning unfolds and the strangeness vanishes." ~Neil C. Strait

20. "Hope y'all are having a "Mary"/Merry CHRISTmas (not a Martha type) by focusing on CHRIST, rather than a plethora of activities! Mary sat at the Lord's feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. Jesus said to Martha,"You are worried and upset about many things, but only ONE thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:38-42)

3 R's for CHRISTmas:
- REMEMBER the Reason for the season...remember why Christ was born...remember to reflect on our Emmanuel...and remember to share Christ's love with all
- in refreshed by sitting at His feet...and respond by worshiping Him, our Lord and Savior 
- REJOICE in the joy of Christ's birth...rejoice at God's Greatest Gift: Jesus...rejoice at His redeeming grace...and rejoice that some day Christ will return" ~Me (Urailak Liljequist)

21. "This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone." (~ Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985), English novelist.) ♥ Rejoice! Christ came not only to be Emmanuel--God with us but also in a more personal way, God in us. Rejoice!♥

22. "Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live CHRISTmas every day." (~Helen Steiner)
Want peace? Know the Prince of Peace!

23. "Great Little One! whose all-embracing birth
        Lifts Earth to Heaven, stoops Heaven to Earth."

~Richard Crashaw

24.  "Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign
~Christina Rossetti

25. "Christmas is a time to open our hearts to God and His gifts.  Just like the rest of the year."  ~Author Unknown

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