Saturday, December 25, 2004

MERRY CHRISTMAS! It's arrived. The day we've anticipated. With all the layers of good-spirited traditions with the the central meaning at the heart of Christmas still pulsing life to us all, we make merry these days. Michael Card implores us: "Celebrate the Child who is the Light. Now the darkness is over. No more wandering in the night. Celebrate the Child who is the Light." In this is the substance of the resilient offer: "Merry Christmas!"

My gift to you today: Reading, reflections, and journal exercises for the First Day of Christmas.

Here's a quote from Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) that seems to echo Augustine's sense of Christmas:

"Infinite, and an infant. Eternal, and yet born of a woman. Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman's breast. Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother's arms. King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter's despised son. Oh, the wonder of Christmas."

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