Sunday, December 18, 2016

Merry Christmas Everywhere


In A World That Seems Not Only To Be Changing
By Reverend Peter Marshall Sr.

Byers Choice
Scottish Santa Claus

In a world that seems not only to be changing,
but even to be dissolving,
there are some tens of millions of us
who want Christmas to be the same...

with the same old greeting
"Merry Christmas"
and no other.  

We long for the abiding love among men of good will
which the season brings...

believing in the ancient miracle of Christmas
with its softening, sweetening influence to
tug at our hearts strings once again.

 "God bless us all, every one!"

We want to hold on to the old customs and traditions
because they strengthen our family ties,
bind us to our friends,
make us one with all mankind
for whom the Child was born,
and bring us back again to the God Who gave
His only begotten Son, that
"whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,
but have everlasting life."

Fontanini  Nativity

So we will not "spend" Christmas...
nor "observe" Christmas.
We will "keep" Christmas-keep it as it is...
in all the loveliness of its ancient traditions.

" Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart
Prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing!"
-Issac Watts

Byers Choice
Christmas Caroler Dolls

May we keep it in our hearts,
that we may be kept in its hope.

Reverend Peter Marshall Sr.
Twice-elected Chaplain of the Senate
of the United States of America

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