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Daily Quote

I was thinking on the poems that I had posted relating to Christmas and i started going through my collection, and I found another poem relating to Christmas.  I have had it for awhile, but I don’t know who originally wrote it.  If anyone does know please let me know.

It is called . . . . .

 

The Christmas Spirit

I am the Christmas Spirit

I enter the homes of poverty, causing pale – faced children to open their eyes in pleased wonder.

I cause the Miser’s clutched hand to relax and thus paint a  bright spot on his soul.

I cause the aged to renew their youth and to laugh in the glad old way.

I keep the romance alive in the heart of childhood and brighten sleep with dreams woven of magic.

I cause eager feet to climb dark stairways with filled baskets, leaving behind them amazed at the goodness of the world.

I cause the prodigal to pause a moment on his wild, wasteful way, and send to anxious love some little token that releases glad tears – tears that wash away the hard lines of sorrow.

I enter the dark prison cells, reminding scarred manhood of what might have been, pointing forward to good days yet to come.

I come softly into the still, white home of pain; and lips that are too weak to speak just tremble in silent, eloquent gratitude.

In a thousand ways I cause the weary world to look up into the face of God, and for a little moment forget the things that are small and wretched.

I am the Christmas Spirit

It is such a beautiful poem, and captures so beautifully the true spirit of christmas.  So I hope you like it.  And if you can help me identify the author of it I would be gratefull. So once again I bid you Adieu till next time.

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Quotes of The Day

Yesterday my wife and I attended our Church’s Stake Conference. This is meeting where we get to listen to and receive instruction from local leaders as well as Leaders from Church Headquarters.  Presiding at our meeting was Elders Daniel G Hamilton, a member of 8th Quorum of the Seventy.  The members of this quorum serve in the Asia Pacific region.  Anyway during his talk he made some statements that made an impression on me.

The first refers to getting answers from prayer and how to treat it. It is a very simple statement but has profound implications.

 

“I asked God, and He answered; That settles it.”

Elder Daniel G Hamilton

To me this has at least 3 parts to it.  First is asking God for answers, next is listening to the answer or answers given. And finally believing and accepting and following the directions and the answers given. This statement really stood out to me.  As I said at the beginning a very simple statement with profound implications.

The second statement made by Elder Hamilton that had an impact on me he introduced by saying; Someone once said –

“Jesus wants to guide your footsteps, but you have to move your feet!”

The way I look at this statement is that God is ever ready to help and guide you.  But you have to make the effort both to ask for that help, and to do something about it once you receive the answers or guidance he gives to you. he is not going to do everything for you, but he will help you to help yourself.

Well once again we come to the end of my quote post, and so I bid you adieu, till the next time.

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Quote of The Day

I was looking through some quotes that my eldest son had given me as a present a few years ago and I came across a couple that I would like to share with you all.

The first is from a writer that my eldest son likes a lot.  And who has written a number of books and was a well known speaker on BBC radio during the 2nd World War. Better known as C.S. Lewis, Clive Staples Lewis a former atheist wrote many books, among the better known ones are the Narnia Chronicles (The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe etc).

However among the quotes that my son sent me this one stood out to me, this one deals with testing belief.  This quote comes from his book – ‘A Grief Observed’, printed in 1961.

 

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.  It is easy for you to believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box.  But suppose that you had to hang by that rope over a precipice.  Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it? . . . Only a real risk test the reality of a belief.

Clive Staples Lewis

Next is a quote dealing with Crisis.  This come from a book called ‘The Different Drum’, by Morgan Scott Peck (1936 – 2005), who was an American psychiatrist and best selling author , who’s first book, ‘The Road Less Traveled’, sold over ten million books.

“It may seem strange that we should want to look at our lives as an everyday crisis.  But I am reminded of the Chinese word for crisis, which consists of two characters: one represents “danger” and the other “hidden opportunity.”  Certainly we should like our lives to be one of daily opportunity . . . Contrary to what many might believe, the healthy life is hardly one marked by an absence of crisis.  In fact an individual’s psychological health is distinguished by how early he or she can meet crisis.”

M Scott Peck

It might be just me, but I think that these two quotes go together and they look at the same thing in different ways.  Testing our beliefs can bring us to a crisis and help us to understand who we are and our place in life & society and can help us to work out where we want to go with our lives.

Anyway that’s all from me today, have fun and take care.  Until next time.

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