seasonal inspiration

“Give up for a while your false and failing attempts at merriment, and thank God for thin places, and for Advent, for a season that understands longing and loneliness and long nights. Let yourself fall open to Advent, to anticipation, to the belief that what is empty will be filled, what is broken will be repaired, and what is lost can always be found, no matter how many times it’s been lost.” Shauna Niequist
“Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.” G.K. Chesterton
“Of course there is a Santa Claus. It’s just that no single somebody could do all he has to do. So the Lord has spread the task among us all. That’s why everybody is Santa Claus. I am. You are. “ Truman Capote
“Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving.” B. C. Forbes
“For many, Christmas is also a time for coming together. But for others, service will come first.” Queen Elizabeth II
” Christ always seeks the straw of the most desolate cribs to make his Bethlehem.” Thomas Merton
” Christmas is God lighting a candle; and you don’t light a candle in a room that’s already full of sunlight. You light a candle in a room that’s so murky that the candle, when lit, reveals just how bad things really are.” N.T. Wright
“Let him into the mire and muck of our world. For only if we let him in can he pull us out.” Max Lucado
“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
“God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succour in abandonment.” Bonhoeffer
“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
“It’s Christmas, and no matter what historical usage you choose to assign to “mass,” be it mission or Lord’s Supper, Christ’s Mass refers to why he came, not that he came. Christ’s mission was to be a sacrifice.” William Branks