QUOTE (Henry van Dyke) – April 10

April 10, 2014

Henry van Dyke (1852-1933), a modernist who pu...

“Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weaknesses and lonliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thougts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open? Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are ready to keep Christmas!” ~ Henry van Dyke

In honor of Henry Van Dyke, an American Presbyterian clergyman and author, who died on this day in 1933.

April 10 – Today in Christian History
Henry Van Dyke>Quotes


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  1. Reblogged this on Kristen Garcia Photo Blog and commented:
    I love this….

    • Thank you so much for the reblog.
      God Bless!

  2. ‘more light less smoke” Priceless! Thanks for sharing.

  3. WOW … powerful … had to read it a few times … Thanks for sharing it, JD

  4. What great questions for introspection. I should be ready to keep Christmas by the time it comes around again!

  5. Very good post, enjoyed reading, thanks.

  6. Sobering questions, indeed.

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