Monthly Archives: December 2013

Merry and Bright Christmas

I hope that your Christmas was truly merry and bright. Merry meaning that you found time to be filled with the joy that Christ brought into the world through His life. And bright as lit with the radiance and hope that He left with us through the Holy Spirit.

A Greek sage, Epictetus, was born a slave yet wrote, “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”

Whose words can easily be lost in the pre-, last-minute and post-Christmas sales. Advertisements bombard us with finding the perfect gift when, in fact, the only gift that is perfect is that of Jesus’ love and forgiveness. Commercialism is the things we receive but Christmas spirit is the warmth and caring of humanity. No matter what material gifts we give, this season and throughout the year, may they be wrapped with our love, forgiveness, compassion, generosity and encouragement.

Best wishes for a New Year. How are you going to make each day merry and bright for those around you?

The Heart’s Memory

There is an old French proverb that says, “Gratitude is the heart’s memory.”

Last week I talked about being thankful. It was Thanksgiving, a time when we stop to focus on and be grateful for what we have. We indulge in fellowship and food. We also reach out more to help the less fortunate by giving time or money to shelters or soup kitchens.

It seems appropriate that our time of thankfulness for what we have should be followed by Christmas, a time of giving. Frank A. Clark, author of “The Country Parson,” is quoted as saying, “If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.”

Fill your heart with memories that generate that wonderful feeling of gratitude. It will brighten your day and spill over to everyone around you.

What is it you are most grateful for?