Christmas Tidings, Part 2

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2016 here on GUWG where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

For centuries, people with much larger brains and much purer hearts than mine have sought to express the true meaning of Christmas. Rather than blabber more myself today, here’s a second selection of Christmas tidings from throughout the ages:

God is with us.
Prophets weren’t enough.
Apostles wouldn’t do.
Angels wouldn’t suffice.
God sent more than
miracles and messages.
He sent himself;
He sent his Son.
“The Word became flesh
and dwelt among us.”
(Max Lucado)

Christmas, my child,
is love in action.
(Dale Evans Rogers)

This is Christmas:
not the tinsel,
not the giving and receiving,
not even the carols,
but the humble heart
that receives anew
the wondrous gift, the Christ.
(Frank McKibben)

The birth of the baby Jesus
stands as the most significant
event in all history,
because it has meant
the pouring into a sick world
of the healing medicine of love
which has transformed
all manner of hearts.
(George Matthew Adams)

Great little One!
Whose all-embracing birth
Lifts Earth to Heaven,
stoops Heaven to Earth.
(Richard Crashaw)

It was always said of him,
that he knew how
to keep Christmas well,
if any man alive
possessed the knowledge.
May that be truly said of us,
and all of us!
And so, as Tiny Tim observed,
“God bless us, every one!”
(Charles Dickens)

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