A Happy Christmas

In Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, Scrooge's nephew commented about the Christmas in these words: "But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time . . . ."

Dickens's words indicate something of the dual nature of Christmastime. The primary meaning of Christmas is, of course, a spiritual one. Mankind's great need is to observe Christmas with inner, quiet prayer, with a sincere desire to understand more of the infinite meanings of this holy season. However, there is another aspect of Christmas—the need for this season to be a happy and loving human occasion.

A Prayer for All Seasons
December 19, 1977

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