The Gift of Christmas

“The God of love who gave us life sent His only Son to be with us at all times and in all places, so that we never have to feel lost in our struggles but always can trust that he walks with us.

The challenge is to let God be who he wants to be. A part of us clings to our aloneness and does not allow God to touch us where we are most in pain. Often we hide from him precisely those places in ourselves where we feel guilty, ashamed, confused, and lost. Thus we do not give him a chance to be with us where we feel most alone.

Christmas is the renewed invitation not to be afraid and to let him — whose love is greater than our own hearts and minds can comprehend — be our companion.”      Henri Nouwen  

Nativity, Edward Coley Burne-Jones,1888

Nativity, Edward Coley Burne-Jones,1888

“Christ is born to us today, in order that he may appear to the whole world through us.” — Thomas Merton 

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4 Responses to The Gift of Christmas

  1. Beautiful words Angela and what a painting – one that I love. Wishing you a very Happy New Year and looking forward to more chats in 2013, Ruth 🙂

  2. Just popping over to see some beauty Angela! Have been thinking of you. Thanks so much for thinking of me with this painting – my new header is going to be a Burne-Jones! I’ve wanted it from the start and now that my site is changing I feel it will suit the site and I can use it. Take care 🙂

    • Angela says:

      Hi Ruth! Thanks so much for stopping by — so glad the beauty is there for you to find today. I’ve been wholly unable to keep up with either blog……or with emails, which is why you haven’t heard from me. But contrary to appearances I am still alive and will make every effort to write soon. I am looking forward to seeing what you’ve got going on with your new site and am especially glad you’ve decided to add Burne-Jones! Perfect! Be well, friend, and I’ll be in touch.

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