It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 25, Book 14

December 25th and the 12 days of Christmas

A Christmas Prayer

O God, our Help in ages past, 
Our Hope in years to be
Look down upon this present 
And see our need of Thee… 

For in this age of unrest, 
With danger all around, 
We need Thy hand to lead us 
To higher, safer ground… 

We need Thy help and counsel 
To make use more aware 
That our safety and security 
Lie solely in Thy care... 

And so we pray this Christmas 
To feel Thy presence near 
And for Thy all wise guidance 
Throughout the coming year… 

First, give us understanding 
Enough to make us kind, 
As we may judge all people 
With ort heart and not our mind, 
Then give us strength and courage 
To be honorable and true 
And place our trust implicitly 
In unseen things and You… 

And help us when we falter 
And renew our faith each day 
And forgive our human errors 
And hear us when we pray, 
And keep us gently humble 
In the Greatness of Thy love 
So some day we are fit to dwell 
With Thee in Peace above. 

Helen Steiner Rice 

I do hope every one has a Merry Christmas this year.  There are many that have a rough time of it and aren’t so Merry.  So remember a cheerful look brings joy to the heart.  It brings joy to the heart of those who look at you.  And guess what, it brings joy to your own heart.  You get some good endorphins going in your head when you smile, and that will pick you up.  If you refresh others with a smile, you will refresh yourself as well.   So, give the gift of a smile today.  You’ll be surprised at how effective it is.

Don't end your celebration of Christmas on Christmas Day. Extend it into the New Year by celebrating all 12 days of Christmas!  The 12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of the 5th of January, also known as Twelfth Night. 

The pictures today are of a Nativity Cross that hangs on one of the walls here at my house.  I have a collection of crosses and this one tells about the greatest story ever told.

From My Home To Yours
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,·´º o `·, /__/ _/\_ //____/\ ,·´º o `·,
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¸,.-·´ ¸,.-·~·~·-.,¸ `·-. ¸,.-·~·~·-.,¸

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



I too celebrate the TWELVE Days of Christmas. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you. Thank you for your inspiration.

jack69 said...

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jack69 said...

I love your house!!!!

betty said...

I love the cross Nativty scene; I had never seen anything like that before!

Merry Christmas to you, Ma! I know your day will be merry and bright and when you celebrate with your family come Saturday, it will equally be a joyful day!


Scrappy quilter said...

Merry Christmas friend. Wishing you the best one yet. Hugs

MunirGhiasuddin said...

My heart goes out for those who had it very hard this year. Nice of you to mention them.
Happy Holidays to you and your family from our family.

Buttercup said...

Blessings to you, too, for a bright year ahead.

Chatty Crone said...

Just stopping by to wish you a very blessed Christmas!!