I have always striven in my writings to express veneration for the life and lessons of Our Saviour because I feel it; and because I rewrote that history for my children--every one of whom knew it from having it repeated to them--long before they could read, and almost as soon as they could speak. But I have never made proclamation of this from the housetops.On pages 19 and 20, Dickens describes the circumstances of Jesus' birth, and this has some Dickens sentiment about it:
He was born a long time ago--nearly two thousand years ago--at a place called Bethlehem. His father and mother lived in a city called Nazareth, but they were forced by business to travel to Bethlehem. His father's name was Joseph, and His mother's name was Mary. And the town being very full of people, also brought there by business, there was no room for Joseph and Mary in the Inn or in any house; so they went into the stable to lodge, and in this stable Jesus Christ was born. There was no cradle or anything of that kind there, so Mary laid her pretty little boy in what is called a manger, which is the place the horses eat out of. And there He fell asleep.
This is my little Christmas gift to you from Charles Dickens by way of my friend on the West Coast. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to you all.
P.S. Dickens ends his book with two prayers: one for everyone and one for children. The children's prayer is a little "dated" but the general prayer is worth sharing. It reads:
Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ taught to His Disciples and to us, and what we should remember every day of our lives, to love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our mind, and with all our soul, and with all our strength; to love our neighbours as ourselves, to do unto other people as we would have them do unto us and to be charitable and gentle to all.
There is no other commandment, our Lord Jesus Christ said, greater than these.That was solid advice 2000+ years ago when Jesus said it. It was sound advice in the 1840s when Charles Dickens penned this prayer. It is rock solid advice today, when you read it here.
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Again, Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to you all.