Are You Ready for Christmas?  Everyday?

Are you willing—

to stoop down and consider the needs and desires
of little children;
to remember the weakness and loneliness of people
who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and
to ask yourself whether you love them enough;
to bear in mind the things that other people have to
bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and
less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your
shadow will fall behind you;
to make  a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden
for your kindly feelings, with the gate open?

Are you willing to do these things for a day?
Then you are ready to keep Christmas!

-Henry Van Dyke

Photo Credit:  Stewart Black


Sherri Maat

Sherri Maat