DAILY WISDOM NUGGETS
THE LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS
_By using the light of Christmas_
_to guide us through the darkness of the coming year,_
_refusing to go back to the dim kerosene lamps of the spirit_
_when the brilliant electricity of Christmas_
_is available to show us the way._
_-Wilferd A. Peterson_
Christmas has this characteristic – this ability to revitalise us – this tendency to fill us with hope for the future – to make us believe the darkness of our troubles, sadness and woes will be replaced with the light of Christmas that oozes into the coming year, bringing us beauty for our ashes. And indeed Christmas does not disappoint, for it is Christ Himself, the focus of Christmas, who gives us this gift of new hope for a new year. We celebrate now, but there will come our way some testing times in the new year when we shall be tempted to give in to despondency – to throw in the towel – to stop trying to do the good things we know we ought.
In such moments, let us not forget the Light of Christmas – Christ Himself who, as a newborn infant, comes to us bearing the gifts of love, faith, hope, grace, peace, true joy, strength and everything good. Jesus is the reason for the season; without Him, Christmas is devoid of meaning. As you invite friends and family into your hearts and homes this Christmas, forget not to make room for the Christ child also – Jesus, who is, Himself, the true Light of Christmas.
CHRISTMAS IS THE DAY THAT HOLDS ALL TIME TOGETHER. CHRISTMAS IS JOY, RELIGIOUS JOY, AN INNER JOY OF LIGHT AND PEACE. HE WHO HAS NOT CHRISTMAS IN HIS HEART WILL NEVER FIND IT UNDER A TREE.” _-Alexander Smith, Pope Francis, Roy L. Smit:
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