Merry Christmas, Friends!

Minted Coughlin Christmas Card 2015

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From our family to yours, we wish you the most beautiful day celebrating Christ’s birth!

Recently we were up in Seattle and attended Seattle Pacific University’s “The Sacred Sounds” of Christmas, and one reading really impacted my husband and me. It’s from Thomas Howard (b. 1935), from Evangelical is Not Enough: Worship of God in Liturgy and Sacrament. So beautiful, every word, I want to share it with you!

“The incarnation took all that properly belongs to our humanity and delivered it back to us, redeemed. All of our inclinations and appetites and capacities and yearnings are purified and gathered up and glorified by Christ. He did not come to thin out human life; He came to set it free. All the dancing and feasting and processing and singing and building and sculpting and baking and merrymaking that belong to us, and that were stolen away into the service of false gods, are returned to us in the gospel.”

Merry Christmas, my Friends! May your day be filled with the JOY of giving, much love to others, and the kindness of well-chosen words!