Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness . . . (George F. McDougall, 19th century seaman in the Royal Navy)
McDougall continues, “. . . a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.” For one night and day, can we forget the hurts and offenses that we have suffered, and with an attitude moved by God’s love, move toward others with love and forgiveness? What a wonderful time to do so.
Love is patient and kind . . . is not jealous. . . It does not demand its own way . . keeps no record of being wronged. . . . Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4)