Saturday, December 26, 2020

Phelps: eternal Christmas

Saturday, December 26, 2020
    Feast of Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr
    [Angel to Mary:] “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
    —Luke 1:31-33 (NIV)
In the pure soul, although it sing or pray,
The Christ is born anew from day to day.
The life that knoweth Him shall bide apart
And keep eternal Christmas in the heart.
    ... Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911), included in The Marching Morrows, Women’s Educational and Industrial Union, Boston: Merrymount Press, 1901, p. 178 (see the book)
    See also Luke 1:31-33,37-38; 2:1-40; John 1:14; 1 John 4:10-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are present in my heart.
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