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

Author Unknown

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Chapter 12, Page 12, Book 19

Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world- stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death - and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Than you can keep Christmas.

Henry Van Dyke

December 12th - keeping Christmas

Keeping Christmas
by Henry Van Dyke

There is a better thing than the observance of Chstmas day and that is keeping Christmas

Are you willing.

to forget what you have done for other people and to remember that other people have done for you

to ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world.

to put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground..

to see that men and women are just as real as you are, and to try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy;

to own up to the fact that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are getting out of life, but what you are going to give to life.

To close your book of complaints against the management of the universe and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness.

Are you willing to do these things even for a day?  Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing…

to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children’;

To remember the  weakness and loneliness of people growing old

To stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask your self  whether you love them enough;

To bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their herts;

to try to understand  what those who live in the same home with you really want; without waiting for them to tell you.

To trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow falls 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 even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing…

to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world.—

stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stonier than death—

and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of Eternal Love?

Then you can keep Christmas
And if you can keep it for a day, why not always?
But you can never keep it alone.

I thought these words so important that I had to share them today. Keeping Christmas in our hearts is important. Christmas wasnt meant for just one day of the year.

The joy of brightening others lives, bearing each others burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.  

W.C. Jones


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Sometimes it's the little things in life that become the big things....

Mevely317 said...

What an extraordinary essay! Thank you for sharing it with us, Ma!

betty said...

I like all the thoughts expressed in the essay you shared with us, Ma! I'm definitely going to print it out and think of ways to make sure I'm keeping Christmas all through the year!


Debbie said...

So much wisdom in this keep these sayings all year!! You are a remarkable woman.
I look to you as the woman in Proverbs 31.
Love....Debbie xo

Chatty Crone said...

I LOVE John Piper - I think he is a smart and bright Christian teacher.

jack69 said...

I must say amen to Debbie above.
I also love the "Are you willing" list. The best. Again I thought I had hit publish yesterday, but evidently not. Still I must say, Yes I want to Keep Christmas.
Sherry & jack settled in Florida. COME ON DOWN!
Love ya!