Silver Lining: Merry Christmas from the Emery family

December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas from the Emery family

Happy holidays!
{Hypothetically this is last year's picture. Hypothetically, this year's cards have yet to be sent out...}

The Sunday after the tragedy in Connecticut happened, I was feeling so downcast as I went to church. Then we sang this song, which is also my favorite Longfellow poem (verses 3-5 listed here):

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

What a beautiful poem. The right shall prevail. I know that.

This post, about when a painting made me cry in public, has the most page views of any other post on this blog by a lot. I don't know why, but I guess I'd like to think someone reads it often and gets some amount of comfort from it (how conceited is that?). I get comfort from that too. Jesus Christ is here. He's not distracted or late or busy. He's here for us, right here, right now. So let us be happy! This I believe so deeply.

I'm taking a blogging break for a few days to be with my family,
but then I'll be back with tons of updates (including my birthday)
and the return of the Year in Review link-up.
Merry Christmas!


  1. Nice picture of you too. Merry Christmas!

    Found you on Super Sunday Sync.
    New Follower!

  2. That is my favorite Christmas hymn! We didn't sing it this year at church, which I'm feeling a little sad about. It's so powerful. I love how it cycles from happy to sad to happy again.

  3. So cute! We still have yours hanging on my fridge from last year. Merry xmas!

  4. Love the photo! Merry Christmas you both...


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