Sunday, July 07, 2019
A lovely Christmas card and quote
The rather impressionistic scene depicts a village and brick church at evening. The sky is a glorious color and snow appears to be falling. A few people are gathered outside the lighted church. Perhaps choir practice has just ended.
Inside the card, in addition to the message "With many good wishes for Christmas and the New Year", there is a lovely quote from Dr. Peter Marshall. Dr. Marshall -- in case you haven't ever heard of him -- was a well-known preacher. He was born in Scotland and emigrated to the United States at the age of 24. In time he became the pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. In 1946 he was appointed as US Senate Chaplain, serving from January 4, 1947 until his sudden death of a heart attack just over two years later. He was only 46 years old. A Man Called Peter, by Catherine Marshall, is Peter Marshall's biography. I believe it was made into a film as well.
Here is the quote from Dr. Marshall: "I thank God for Christmas. Would that it lasted all year. For on Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, all the world is a better place, and men and women are more lovable. Love itself seeps into every heart, and miracles happen ...".