Contributed by Glenn Pease on Mar 8, 2021
It is possible to look forward to a merry Christmas in full awareness that we live in a world of
misery. Just as there is nothing inconsistent with taking medicine to feel better in a world of
sickness, so there is nothing inconsistent with a merry spirit in a world of misery.
Dr. Samuel Upham, a theological professor and a man of great learning, was dying. The
family was gathered around his bed and someone said I believe he is already dead. Someone
else said his feet are still warm and nobody ever dies with warm feet. Dr. Upham opened one
eye and said, "Joan of