a bedtime quote

My third post? Wow. Well, I'm into quotes today. I'll share one more ~ rest easy tonight:

"Perfect love, the apostle John writes, casts out fear. So when God's angel broke the good news of the Savior's birth to the cowering shepherds of Bethlehem, 'Fear not!' was more than an instruction for them to get up off the ground and stop shielding their frightened faces. It was a declaration of war on fear. The 'glad tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people' meant that fear's grip on human hearts was going to have to give way to the far greater power of love."
[Johann Christoph Arnold]

I'm banning myself from blogging tomorrow. I need to focus my attention on cleaning our house, washing the guest sheets & towels, and buying 2-3 more gifts. On one hand, I'm thankful I was able to ignore "Christmas stress" today, but on the other hand, there's lots to be done in the way of hospitality. I'll probably post a few Christmas photos here and there, but let me say now: enjoy these last days of Advent, and a very merry Christmas to you and yours!


Anonymous said...

a great quote. thank you.
i just popped over to your husband's site (his comments make me smile) and realized we have a mutual friend--michael forth. my husband and i graduated from seminary with him a few years back.
what a small world. merry christmas!

jenni said...

Yes, we do know Michael Forth! He's a great guy.

lauracrow said...

"perfect love....casts out fear." so true and lovely.

Brooke said...

I love that quote-so beautiful!

Hope you have a lovely Christmas!