Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
  ~ about hope and faith

Christmas 2015 inspirations

Children, Go Where I Send Thee

~ Kenny Rogers and friends (New album, "Once Again It's Christmas")

Remember this December,
that love weighs more than gold!

~ Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

A Hallelujah Christmas

~ Cloverton Music Video


Christmas is not as much about
opening our presents,
as opening our hearts.

~ Janice Maeditere


Thou child of man, lo, to Bethlehem
The kings are travelling, travel with them!
The star of mercy, the star of grace,
Shall lead thy heart to its resting-place.
Gold, incense, myrrh thou canst not bring;
Offer thy heart to the infant King.

from "Three Kings From Persian Lands Afar"
~ W. A. Peterson

If You Look for Me at Christmas

~ a "Tommy's Window" Slideshow

Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show …
The secret lies in an inner glow.
It’s lighting a fire inside the heart …
Good will and joy a vital part.
It is higher thought and a greater plan.
It’s a glorious dream in the soul of man.
Christmas begins deep down inside …
Then engulfs the world like a mighty tide!

~ W. A. Peterson

Little King so fair and sweet
See us gather at thy feet
Be the Ruler of our School
It shall prosper 'neath Thy Rule
We shall be Thy subjects true
Brave to suffer, brave to do
All our hearts to Thee we bring
Take them, keep them
Little King!

~ A Christmas Carol


'Tis not enough that Christ was born
Beneath the star that shone,
And earth was set that holy morn
Within a golden zone.
He must be born within the heart
Before He finds a throne,
And brings the day of love and good,
The reign of Christlike brotherhood.

~ Mary T Lathrop

He Came to Us

~ a "Tommy's Window" Slideshow

Christmas is forever, not for just one day
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away.
Like bells and lights and tinsel,
in some box upon a shelf
The good you do for others
is good you do yourself.

~ Norman Wesley Brooks

The Most Important Thing

~ A Christmas adaptation of 1 Corinthians 13

If I decorate my house perfectly with holly, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny balls, but do not show love, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, sing carols in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the tree with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. DVDs will get scratched, toys will be forgotten, scarves and hats will be lost, a new PC will become outdated, but the gift of love will endure.

From Activated Christmas 2015 issue

Read full issue here.

O Holy Night

~ "Son Of God" movie 20th Century FOX

A promise from Jesus


My Christmas gift for you is one that knows no boundaries. It gives, it cares. It is vibrant, warm, and kind. It is unconditional and forever.

It is accepting in a world of intolerance, and understanding and tender when all else around you seems callous and hard. It will comfort you in your sorrow, and will be your closest companion when you are lonely. It will be there to lift you when you are down and will bring peace in the midst of life’s stormy times.

It will embrace your heart with contentment and joy. No matter how dark the night grows around you, it will find a way, because it is the gift of My divine love sent to fill your heart.

This love is My Christmas gift for you.

Gentle Mary laid her Child
Lowly in a manger.
There He lay, the Undefiled,
To the world a stranger.
Such a Babe in such a place,
Can He be the Savior?
Ask the saved of all the race
Who have found His favor.

Angels sang about His birth,
Wise men sought and found Him.
Heaven's star shone brightly forth
Glory all around Him.
Shepherds saw the wondrous sight,
Hear the angels singing.
All the plains were lit that night,
All the hills were ringing.

Gentle Mary laid her Child
Lowly in a manger.
He is still the Undefiled,
But no more a stranger.
Son of God of humble birth,
Beautiful the story.
Praise His name in all the earth.
Hail! The King of Glory!

~ Joseph Cook (1919)

“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
    ~ Steve Maraboli

”Christmas, my child, is love in action.”
    ~ Dale Evans

Joy To The World

~ Pentatonix

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