Monday, December 10, 2018
A sweet Christmas quote
I've been unable to find any information about the named author of the quote, A.M. Hopkins, but love the quote so I am sharing it regardless.
Here it is:
"I plead for memories of olden times, and simple pleasures, and the making of the most delightful music in the world, the laughter of happy children. God bless us all and make us contented. Merry Christmas!" -- A.M. Hopkins
There could hardly be a better Christmas card illustration to illustrate this quote than the one at top, painted so beautifully by artist Kathy Lawrence. There you have the "memories of olden times" -- for this family is wearing old-fashioned (yet lovely!) clothing, and the table is lit by an oil lamp. You have "simple pleasures" as the children delight in stringing popcorn while one reads aloud to the rest. Unmistakably, there is "the laughter of happy children."
I love this painting and this quote and the memories they bring of Christmases in a simpler time. And yet my heart is also stirred as I am reminded that not all children are in circumstances where they can laugh easily. How we need to be praying for those children involved in such atrocities as human trafficking and labor camps, not to mention more mundane and "usual" situations where kids don't have the blessing of living in a happy or even an intact family. How we need to ask God to show us what we can to do to help!
And yes, let's be sure we are sharing simple pleasures and making memories with our own loved ones as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. We are indeed blessed!