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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A sweeping tale of love, forgiveness & redemption!


Francine Rivers' new larger-than-life novel, Bridge to Haven, is a powerful and intense story of a seventeen-year-old girl who is unable to get a grip on her life. Rebellious, she has been struggling all through her young life, physically and emotionally. Her life in the small town is filled with boring study, mundane chores and practicing the piano, and she is stiff tired. She believes Haven, California, is the dullest place on earth. She is dreaming to escape the drudgery of her life by moving far away to a big city, even dreaming of Hollywood and becoming a movie star.

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers is an incredibly poignant and soul-searching story - a sweeping tale of love, forgiveness and redemption. It is the story of a newborn baby who was found one night in 1936 under a bridge by Haven's minister Ezekiel Freeman. Zeke and his wife Marianne named her Abra. Five years later, Marianne dies forcing Zeke to give up on Abra to be adopted by Peter and Priscilla Matthews. So, Abra Matthews grows up under their watchful eyes but the searing imprint of her childhood left an agonizing scar on her. "I've been hurting my whole life," she said.

Years later, when a wily character Dylan Stark tempts her with the idea of trying their luck in Hollywood, she is seduced. She runs away with him, rejecting the advice of family and friends. She receives a make-over and becomes a starlet with a new name Lena Scott. But what initially promises to be an exciting journey brought her much heartache and disappointment. Everyone wants to exploit her, including her boss Franklin Moss who later committed suicide. Her life falls apart, leaving her painfully aching for the love and comfort of Haven and the dear people back home.

But when all seems lost, things can fall together miraculously beyond the hope of one's imagination. Joshua, the young son of Zeke who is deeply scarred by his experiences in the Korean War, is growing restless and wants to bring back Abra. His search brings him to Agua Dulce, and there in the most unlikeliest of all places they meet again. Abra was in her motel room, resting and reading the Gideon Bible. Every reading seems to point to her guilt. When Joshua brings Abra home to Haven, Zeke is praying on the bridge, almost as if he is waiting for her.

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers is inspired by the biblical story found in Ezekiel 16. It is a compelling story that will resonate deeply with readers. It is based on the life of 1950s Hollywood starlet Lena Scott, whose real name was Abra. Francine has meticulously researched about the lifestyles in the forties and fifties, Hollywood studios and stars, Second World War, the Korean War and many other details necessary to craft a realistic and believable story. It is an incredibly delightful story with memorable character that will leave a lasting impression on you.

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Francine RiversNew York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist.

Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote Redeeming Love as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books and then rereleased by Multnomah Publishers in the mid-1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, set during the time of the California Gold Rush, is now considered a classic work of Christian fiction. Redeeming Love continues to be one of the CBA's top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian best-seller list for nearly a decade.


Since Redeeming Love, Francine has published more than 20 novels with Christian themes—all best sellers—and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous awards, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for inspirational fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame. In March 2010, Francine officially became a New York Times bestselling author, when Her Mother’s Hope debuted at #12 on the hardcover fiction bestsellers lists. The sequel, Her Daughter’s Dream, debuted at #12 on the same list just six months later, in September, 2010. Francine's novels have been translated into over 20 different languages, and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa.


Francine and her husband, Rick, live in northern California and enjoy time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren. She uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life. (Goodreads)

Saturday, April 05, 2014

FOUND BY MICHA BOYETT

Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer by Micha Boyett is a delightful and inspiring book that can only be marveled. It is a book that will help you to be at ease with yourself. Boyett has a way with words which makes the book such a pleasure to read.

You will find yourself in similar situations as Boyett narrates her story. Though the situation and circumstances may differ, the feeling will more or less be the same. What is truly remarkable about her story is the genuineness and constancy with which Boyett has poetically give a truthful account of her own journey in prayer, and her daily search for grace. Beautiful, helpful and inspiring, Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer is a must read book which will go a long way in making the trivial, intimate moments of one's life into beautiful reflections on God.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
I read Micha’s words and my breathing slows. She gives perspective. And hope. And a refreshing lightness to not take what doesn’t matter too seriously. She revives: When you order the tangle of your days around Him, He untangles you. She moves: The moments all matter. The daily awareness of the small add up to the whole of your life, and her words are like a dawn, stirring you to wake and walk.
—ANN VOSKAMP, best-selling author of One Thousand Gifts


I read Micha Boyett’s journey into prayer as any blackbelt sinner will, by which I mean anybody will—with sheer delight at her graceful language and riveting struggle for a hard-won faith. In a sense Found is a deep, sweet invitation into God’s loving presence. A must read for nonbelievers and believers alike.
—MARY KARR, poet and best-selling author of The Liars' Club and Lit


With this beautiful book, Micha Boyett opens a door to Benedictine spirituality through which regular, busy people can enter and taste, see, smell, hear, and feel what it means to live life as a prayer.
—RACHEL HELD EVANS, author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood


Micha is singing the longings of all the tired mother pilgrims. Every word is like motherhood: elegant, earthy, loving, and present.
—SARAH BESSEY, author of Jesus Feminist


For anyone who’s ever gotten prayer all tangled up in performance—this one’s for you.
—ADDIE ZIERMAN, author of When We Were on Fire


If you’re like me, you’ve grown weary of a culture that demands the sensationalistic, the glamorous, the extraordinary. Micha Boyett is in search for the beauty in the everyday, the prayer that hides itself in dinners and diapers and naps. She is as skilled of a tour guide for Benedictine spirituality as she is for her own story, and in these pages you will find that the sacred has been there all along.
—ADAM S. McHUGH, author of Introverts in the Church


Author Micha Boyett is a blogger, wife, and mom with a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry degree from Syracuse University. A former youth minister, she's passionate about monasticism and ancient Christian spiritual practices and how they inform the contemporary life of faith. Boyett and her husband live in San Francisco with their two boys.

In her own words:  I am Micha Boyett: Texan in sweetness (born and raised), Northeastern in skepticism (my twenties), and San Franciscan in passion (snobbery?) for all things food and drink (where I live now). I am Southern Baptist nurtured, Presby-Anglican in theological practice, and in love with Roman Catholic monastic and contemplative prayer.

I am a wife and a stay at home mom who left full time youth ministry, moved thousands of miles away, and began my thirties in sudden succession. And since that rapid life shift, I’ve been in a constant longing to find God in the simplicity and ordinariness of my life with a 4-year-old and toddler. In the past two years we have  moved from San Francisco to Austin and then back to San Francisco again. And, somehow in that instability, I am learning what stability might actually be.

I believe in feminism. I believe it’s a woman’s joy to work and pursue her own gifts. I believe in husbands who come home from work and roast a chicken with lemons and salt and pepper, just as God intended chicken to be roasted. I believe a woman can stay home with her children without feeling like a failure of the Women’s Movement. I believe in prayer, compassion, relationships and evangelism—in that order. And, honestly, I believe St. Benedict and his Rule are teaching me how to live my motherhood and wifery and contemplative life in joy.
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Publishing (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617952168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617952166

Friday, April 04, 2014

No Contest

A family friend was deserted by her husband and left to care for her small children alone. I wonder how she’ll make it.

A grandmother wrote Radio Bible Class asking for prayer for her grandchildren who all seem to be throwing their lives away on the things of this world. I feel sadness.

My teenage daughter talked about the poverty she saw among believers in a country she visited on a missions trip. I search for answers. Why such inequities?

Then I look at Psalm 18. David had his own list of troubles. He was threatened by enemies (v.3), surrounded by “the pangs of death” and “the floods of ungodliness” (v.4).

What hope could there be in his situation? Would the help come in the form of money, soldiers, powerful weapons, or people who would come to his aid? No, David’s help came from an inexhaustible source—the Lord, whom David called “my rock and my fortress and my deliverer” (v.2).

Like all of us, David faced adversity. But as Psalm 18 indicates, when our problems are pitted against our Lord’s strength, it’s no contest.

Are you in distress? Call on the Lord. He will always hear your voice.

Even in my darkest hour
The Lord will bless me with His power;
His loving grace will sure abound,
In His sweet care I shall be found. —Brandt

All is not hopeless when your hope is in God.

                                                                                          - Courtesy: Our Daily Bread

Sunday, March 30, 2014

THE ROAD WE MUST TRAVEL



The Road We Must Travel: A Personal Guide for Your Journey is a well-organized book written by a fine collection of some of the best writers, spiritual mentors and teachers in contemporary Christian world. A careful reading of the book which is meant to be a guide will undoubtedly help readers to take a firm grasp of themselves as they journey along life’s rugged pathways.

Insightful and practical, the book consisting of eighteen well thought-out chapters are divided into five parts - Part I: Roadworthy, Part II: Necessary Repairs, Part III: Washouts & Detours, Part IV: Traveling Light and Part V: Peripheral Vision. The book offers direction as you steer through unfamiliar roads. The Road We Must Travel: A Personal Guide for Your Journey features one lesson each from Francis Chan, Eugene Peterson, Ruth Barton, Nathan Conrad, Steve May, Tullian Tchividjian, Skye Jethani, Mark Labberton and Donald Sunukjian while Bill Hybels, Mark Buchanan and Gordon Mac Donald contributed two, three and four chapters respectively.

The hurdles along the road of life are not easy to overcome. Yet, this marvel of a book provides guide for every rut, fault and failure, roadblock, pothole, turn and corner of the road. Delightful chapters like Tuning Your Engine, Bad Situations Are Great Opportunities, Yield the Right of Way, and The First Rule of the Road: Love will help you unlearn and learn with a new eye. All in all, this is a book that will help the sojourner move forward, keep balance, maintain regular checks and nourish the soul spiritually. Refreshingly insightful and resourceful, this book must be in the hands of every Christian wherever they are in this journey of life.

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1617952915
ISBN-13: 978-1617952913
List Price: $14.99


Sunday, March 02, 2014

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

INSPIRING YEAR-END QUOTES


Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right || Oprah Winfrey

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else || Judy Garland

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something || Neil Gaiman

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one || Brad Paisley

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us || Alexander Graham Bell

The journey is the reward || Steve Jobs

For a new year to bring you something new, make a move, like a butterfly tearing its cocoon! Make a move! || Mehmet Murat Ildan

If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it's yours. If it does not come back, it was never meant to be.

What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year || Vern McLellan

In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away

Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about.

 When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.

It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return. But what is more painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let that person know how you feel.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.

Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be. Because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.

I have the opportunity, once more to right some wrongs, to pray for peace, to plant some trees, and sing more joyful songs || William Arthur Ward

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it || Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year, but rather that we should have a new soul || G.K. Chesterton

Maybe this year, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for flaws, but looking for potential || Ellen Goodman

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover || Mark Twain

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them || Walt Disney

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right || Henry Ford

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing || Helen Keller

Saturday, December 21, 2013

TOP 81 CHRISTMAS QUOTES!



How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts! || Benjamin Franklin

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year || Charles Dickens

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time || Laura Ingalls Wilder

Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas || Ronald Reagan

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? || Bob Hope

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind || Mary Ellen Chase

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone || Charles M. Schulz

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
|| Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall || Dave Barry

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful || Norman Vincent Peale

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

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree || Roy L. Smith

And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans--and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused--and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself || Sigrid Undset

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly || Andy Rooney

A man wrapped up in himself always suffocates. But his loved ones will forever hold in their hearts the memory of that Christmas || Bauvard

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness || Bob Hope

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together || Garrison Keillor

My parents always said that knowledge was the best gift they could give me, probably because they were too cheap to buy me Christmas or Birthday presents || Jarod Kintz

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love || Hamilton Wright Mabie

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace || Agnes M. Pahro

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts || Janice Maeditere

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas || Calvin Coolidge

Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves || Eric Sevareid

Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart...filled it, too, with melody that would last forever || Bess Streeter Aldrich

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Yet as I read the birth stories about Jesus I cannot help but conclude that though the world may be tilted toward the rich and powerful, God is tilted toward the underdog || Philip Yancey

Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weaknesses and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open? Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are ready to keep Christmas! || Henry van Dyke

Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day || Helen Steiner Rice

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart || Washington Irving

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home || Charles Dickens

Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given--when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes || Joan Winmill Brown

I didn’t feel like buying him the jacket he asked for for Christmas, so I just got him a coat hanger with a sticky note attached that read, “Here’s something for you to hang your dreams on, pal || Jarod Kintz

As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is || Eric Sevareid

The universe is a trillion, trillion threads moving in seemingly unrelated directions. Yet when you look at them together, they create a remarkable tapestry || Richard Paul Evans

Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home || G.K. Chesterton

No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear || Greg Kincaid

At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe || Chris Van Allsburg

And in despair I bowed my head;
There is no peace on earth, I said;
For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
God is not dead, nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
the Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!
|| Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends || Margaret Thatcher

I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world || Norman Vincent Peale

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall || Larry Wilde

Remember, if Christmas isn't found in your heart, you won't find it under a tree || Charlotte Carpenter

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world || Calvin Coolidge

Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white' || Bing Crosby

The knowing is easy. It's the doing that gives us trouble || Vannetta Chapman

Everyone wants to feel loved, but when all you feel is alone it's tough to accomplish anything else || Glenn Beck

God is here. This truth should fill our lives, and every Christmas should be for us a new and special meeting with God, when we allow his light and grace to enter deep into our soul || St. Josemaría Escrivá

The human life cycle no less than evolves around the box; from the open-topped box called a bassinet, to the pine box we call a coffin, the box is our past and, just as assuredly, our future. It should not surprise us then that the lowly box plays such a significant role in the first Christmas story. For Christmas began in a humble, hay-filled box of splintered wood. The Magi, wise men who had traveled far to see the infant king, laid treasure-filled boxes at the feet of that holy child. And in the end, when He had ransomed our sins with His blood, the Lord of Christmas was laid down in a box of stone. How fitting that each Christmas season brightly wrapped boxes skirt the pine boughs of Christmas trees around the world || Richard Paul Evans

If you desire to find the true spirit of Christmas and partake of the sweetness of it, let me make this suggestion to you. During the hurry of the festive occasion of this Christmas season, find time to turn your heart to God. Perhaps in the quiet hours, and in a quiet place, and on your knees—alone or with loved ones—give thanks for the good things that have come to you, and ask that His Spirit might dwell in you as you earnestly strive to serve Him and keep His commandments. He will take you by the hand and His promises will be kept || Howard W. Hunter

Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive || Robert Lynd

At Christmas
A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
He is almost what he should be when the Christmas season's here;
Then he's thinking more of others than he's thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime.
|| Edgar A. Guest

Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month, that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day; and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for mirth is also of Heaven's making || Leigh Hunt

I think commercialism helps Christmas and I think that the more capitalism we can inject into the Christmas holiday the more spiritual I feel about it || Craig Ferguson

The light of the Christmas star to you.
The warmth of home and hearth to you.
The cheer and goodwill of friends to you.
The hope of a child-like heart to you.
The joy of a thousand angels to you.
The love of the Son and God's peace to you!
|| Sherryl Woods

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Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas || Peg Bracken

Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart... filled it, too, with a melody that would last forever. Even though you grew up and found you could never quite bring back the magic feeling of this night, the melody would stay in your heart always - a song for all the years || Bess Streeter Aldrich

Christmas is a time in which, of all times in the year, the memory of every remediable sorrow, wrong, and trouble in the world around us, should be active with us, not less than our own experiences, for all good || Charles Dickens

Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority || W.J. Cameron

Let the children have their night of fun and laughter. Let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play. Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures before we turn again to the stern task and the formidable years that lie before us, resolved that, by our sacrifice and daring, these same children shall not be robbed of their inheritance or denied their right to live in a free and decent world || David McCullough

One of the things that Christmas reminds us is that Jesus Christ was once a child || Hark Herald Sarmiento

Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday || Gladys Taber

I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays - let them overtake me unexpectedly - waking up some find morning and suddenly saying to myself: 'Why, this is Christmas Day! || Ray Stannard Baker

It comes every year and will go on forever. And along with Christmas belong the keepsakes and the customs. Those humble, everyday things a mother clings to, and ponders, like Mary in the secret spaces of her heart || Marjorie Holmes

Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together || Rosie Thomas

O Christmas Sun! What holy task is thine!
To fold a world in the embrace of God!
|| Guy Wetmore Carryl

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month || Harlan Miller

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away;
While quite unselfish, it grows small || Eva K. Logue

Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence || Joan Mills

It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one's fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit || Isabel Currier

A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
The poor man's heart through half the year.”
|| Walter Scott

Christmas is a time for families || Dorothy Koomson

As I wrote 'The Christmas Lamp' I realized that tradition is priceless, whether you have a small family, a large family, or no family. Tradition doesn't have to be logical; it only has to emphasize the light of Christ and his everlasting love || Lori Copeland

Without the door let sorrow lie,
And if for cold it hap to die,
We'll bury 't in a Christmas pie,
And evermore be merry.
|| George Wither

Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion || Ralph Sockman

Money is made at Christmas out of holly and mistletoe, but who save the vendors would greatly care if no green branch were procurable? One symbol, indeed, has obscured all others--the minted round of metal. And one may safely say that, of all the ages since a coin first became the symbol of power, ours is that in which it yields to the majority of its possessors the poorest return in heart's contentment || George R. Gissing

The Church does not superstitiously observe days, merely as days, but as memorials of important facts. Christmas might be kept as well upon one day of the year as another; but there should be a stated day for commemorating the birth of our Saviour, because there is danger that what may be done on any day, will be neglected || Samuel Johnson

Except the Christ be born again tonight
In dreams of all men, saints and sons of shame,
The world will never see his kingdom bright.
|| Vachel Lindsay

At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year || Thomas Tusser

For the rest, silence or good music, not much food, a lot of solitude, walks on the Heath, the time to think while others... well, often fall apart. Not so bad, not so bad at all. Being queer and self-sufficient is the best present at this season || Will Self

There are some wonderful aspects to Christmas. It's magical. And each year, from at least November, well, September, well, if I'm honest, May, I look forward to it hugely || Miranda Hart

Before God does anything, before he makes anything for us to be sustained by, God says, "More than food, more than water, more than shelter, more than other people, they are going to need me.” || Wesley Miller

Mankind is a great, an immense family... This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas || Pope John XXIII