Oh the comfort--
the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person--
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but pouring them all right out,
just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping,
and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

"Friendship" by M. M. Craik

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

To honor Christmas day, here is a little bit of prose by Samuel M. Shoemaker:

Think about these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Don't try to be good, but pray to be used.  When people try to be good, if they succeed, they get proud; and if they fail, they get discouraged.  if instead we will pray only to be used, when it happens we are thankful; and when it fails, we are penitent.  God wants to use every one of us. There are people he can touch through you and through no one else.  Your prayers can turn the tide in somebody's life.  He wants to use your sympathy, your kindness, your gift, your personality, to get through to somebody else.  You and I will probably never be very good, but we may be greatly used.  It is the 'used' people who seem to receive the most power and energy.  There is no joy on earth like the joy of being used by God.

On this day when we celebrate the birth of our Lord, let us all pray to be used by His hand and in His name.

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