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Merry Christmas: A celebration of hope, and a cherishing of Children

The morrow is Christmas, in this, the year of Our Lord 2017.

My thoughts have been stirred by exchanges on a sad incident at a Walmart in California, and so let me clip from a comment in that thread:

KF, 8:>>observe how Christmas comes out in say the Harry Potter books, pointing to the issue that Christmas is also a time for kids to be celebrated and cherished. Makes a lot of sense as a child embodies a world of hope, echoing the hopes of Divine breakthrough and rescue centred on the Christ child that are to be found in the opening chapters of Matthew and Luke.>>

In the F/N following, I added: “if Christmas is in material part a celebration and loving cherishing of children as hopes for the future, is that not then a mark of a culture of progress?” (Going on, “in that light, how will a culture that is suicidally depressed and so fears the future predictably react to a celebration that highlights hope and joy?”)

Okie, time for some hope, courtesy two of C20’s great Christian men of letters — and thanks to somebody out there who put these illustrated quotes up:

C S Lewis:

G K Chesterton:

So, now we know how to have hope in the face of daunting challenges. Yes, once it came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old. And yes, thirty-odd years later, it was a dark Friday of injustice by the scheming and cowardice of a broken system. But it still stands: it was Friday, but Sunday was coming!

So, let us go forth and celebrate the hope that is in the Christ-Child and which hope is echoed in every precious little soul given to us by our Creator. And so, in the traditional words, let us begin:

>>Luke2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. [KJV]>>

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. 

Source: Uncommon Descent