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Jesus not only became human – He became a Man of

          a certain century,

                   a certain place,

                             a certain race.                           -eab, 4/13/2001

 

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Christmas is more than an attitude,

            It is an awesome, appreciated action.

Christmas is more than a beatitude,

            It is a bountiful baptism of Blessing.

Christmas is more than commerce,

            It is the Christ child, commencing.

Christmas is more than a diversion,

            It is a Divine, daring Donation.

Christmas is more than an event,

            It is the encouraging entry to Eternity.

Christmas is more than a folly,

            It is the final fulfillment of Fidelity.

Christmas is more than genteelment,

            It is the grand Goodness of glory.

Christmas is more than holly,

            It is a hallowed, Holy harmony.

Christmas is more than an incident,

            It is an including, impelling Invitation.

Christmas is more than jolliness,

            It is Joseph with Jesus, journeying.

Christmas is more than a kaleidoscope,

            It is the kindly, knowledgeable King.

Christmas is more than lovely,

            It is a lighting, lifting, life-Love.

Christmas is more than monumental,

            It is multitudes of millennia moving.

Christmas is more than a nicety,

            It is a need, now and never ending.

Christmas is more than official,

            It is One, omnipotent Offering.

Christmas is more than perennial,

            It is a precious, personal Presentation.

Christmas is more than quantity,

            It is the quiet quintessence of Quality.

Christmas is more than a roast-corn rope,

            It is the Right, revealed religiously.

Christmas is more than a sensation,

            It is Salvation for souls in sincerity.

Christmas is more than tinsel,

            It is Triumph, truly and totally.

Christmas is more than the unusual,

            It is the unprecedented, urgent Union.

Christmas is more than a vacation,

            It is a vicarious Victory of valuing.

Christmas is more than wanting,

            It is a wandering world wondering.

Christmas is more than a xylophone,

            It is a xiphod, xyster, xenium.

Christmas is more than yearning,

            It is the yielding of a yeanling, you.

Christmas is more than a zest zone,

            It is the zenith of zeal in Zion.

Christmas is more than an Alphabet,

            It is Alpha & Omega, the Beginning & the Ending.

                        – eab, 12/4&5/76

 

Penned while pastoring Christ Church and working with Christ College in Friendsville, Tennessee.

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Through all of time…sin was, is, will be the parent of misery.  This land calls itself most Christian…

                – Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, (NY: Random House, Inc., n.d.), 42.  

 

It is Spiritual Bankruptcy, long tolerated; verging now toward Economical Bankruptcy, and become intolerable.

                – Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, (NY: Random House, Inc., n.d.), 65.  

 

On the whole, how unknown is a man to himself; or a public Body of men to itself! — Great Governors …are governed by their valets…or in Constitutional countries, by the paragraphs of their Able Editors.

                – Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, (NY: Random House, Inc., n.d.), 390.  

 

“O Liberty, what things are done in Thy name!” – Jeanne-Marie Philipon

                – Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, (NY: Random House, Inc., n.d.), 639.  

 

All Anarchy, by the nature of it, is not only destructive, but self-destructive.

                – Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, (NY: Random House, Inc., n.d.), 673.  

 

If all wars, civil and other, are misunderstandings, what a thing must right-understanding be!

                – Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, (NY: Random House, Inc., n.d.), 708. 

 

Thomas Carlyle was born 12/4/1795 in Dumfriesshire, Scotland [died 2/4/1881, London].

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