Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Havergal: A happy, happy Christmas

Tuesday, December 28, 2021
    Feast of the Holy Innocents
    At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!”
    —Luke 1:39-42 (NIV)
A happy, happy Christmas,
    And a happy, happy year!
Oh, we have not deserved it,
    And yet we need not fear.
For Jesus has deserved it,
    And so for Jesus’ sake,
This cup of joy and blessing
    With grateful hand we take.
    ... Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879), The Poetical Works of Frances Ridley Havergal, New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1888, p. 168 (see the book)
    See also Luke 1:39-42; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 2:4-18; John 1:14
Quiet time reflection:
    We greet You with joy, Lord!
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