If you were going to write an editorial column for you city’s newspaper covering any Christmas topic of your choice, what would you write about?
I would write about various local Christmas light displays, such as the lights at Opryland or the best decorations on houses in the area.
The Father’s love was so unlimited that he wanted us to know that love and to find in it the fulfillment of our deepest desires. So, he sent us you, dear Lord Jesus, with a human heart big enough to hold all human loneliness and all human anguish. Your heart is not a heart of stone but a heart of flesh; your heart of flesh is not narrowed by human sin and unfaithfulness, but is as wide and deep as divine love itself. Your heart does not distinguish between rich and poor, friend and enemy, female and male, slave and free, sinner and saint. Your heart is open to receive anyone with total, unrestricted love.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for you souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Lord, let us place wreaths on the doors of our own hearts, so that the Holy Spirit may find these doors, enter in, and take up his lodging there, and by his presence, make us holy. We ask that the entrance of the Holy Spirit create an island of calm and gentleness within us. Amen.-Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J.M. Nouwen by Henri J.M. Nouwen
This little set of carolers is another find from our trip to Europe this summer - we got it in a Christmas store in Rothenburg.