As our extended family gathers here today, I am reminded of a quote by the great thinker Albert Einstein, “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Those words ring home and ring true for our family this Christmas. Two individuals in this room met 60+ years ago by a miracle. They made a miracle of a commitment to each other and would go on to have three miracles of their own. Each of those three would find their own miracles. Those three miracles would have ten miracles of their own. The family… This family would cherish one another as Einstein as had said. Those ten children would lose their most special miracle, but would realize that just knowing her, just loving her was a miracle in itself. Those nine miracles would find their own miraculous love of their life and they would have 20 more miracles. By simple fate, 60 plus years ago, one miracle beset hundreds of others.
As we celebrate this birth of Christ, let us give thanks for what you have provided and ask of our own eyes to see the miracles that you provide all around us. The miracles of goodwill, friendship, charity, love, faith, cooperation, and fellowship. Let us remember to open our eyes like those of our littleist miracles- our children. Let us remember that your hand creates amazing acts of wonder all around us.
But most of all, thank that original miracle that started this group that sits here today. That miracle where a boy named Art fell in love with a girl named
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