impulse of love: love divine, more potent to-day
than when first the angels sang, and enduring
as God is eternal!
May God give us the skill and cunning of
love which shall send us to-day somewhere to
take a heaHng gift from God's great Christmas-
tree to those about us!
Probably the very last truth which the apostles
learned, the very last to take hold on them, the
last to become a power in their lives, was the
birth of the little Child in Bethlehem, while
the angels sang, Glory to God! It probably took
the power of Christ's life, with all the glory of
the Resurrection Day and the forty days of His
after-life on earth, and the mystery of the Ascen-
sion to help these men learn their last lesson:
and that lesson is the very first event in the
succession of miracle, the conception and birth
of Jesus of Nazareth.
And slowly He will teach us the wonder of
the birth of that Httle Child; and He will wait,
for God can always wait, for the world to learn
it, as it has learned and yet will learn, what
the story of Bethlehem has been amid the homes
of men the world over.
There was something in St. John which we
all recognize as far different from anybody we
know. We can think of him in his own pure
moral and spiritual life; but we cannot think of
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