Among the many somber events preceeding Christ Jesus' crucifixion were the failure of the disciples, most notably Peter, to stay awake while with him at Gethsemane and Peter's denial shortly thereafter that he was a follower of Christ Jesus, a particularly painful moment in light of his vehement denial that he would ever abandon the Master. It is easy to "tsk tsk" these failings with perhaps a dash of smugness, but we might ask ourselves "Would I really have acted more courageously?" But then, a more basic question might be "Do I express enough real Christliness to have even been chosen as one of the twelve?" For myself, I'm pretty sure I know the regrettable answer.
Not very Christmasy musings, I agree, but it isn't the birth of the infant Jesus which is of so much importance as it is the life of Christ Jesus. Fourscore and ten of gift buying, wrapping, and opening, tree decorating, carol singing (inspiring and beautiful as many of them are), gourmandising, and jolly festivities won't bring one noticeably closer to demonstrating the Truth, Life, and Love Christ Jesus' works and words expressed. While we are perhaps carving another turkey, ham, or goose this holiday season would it not also be wise to carve out some quiet time in our busy loves to contemplate the object lesson Peter offers and be humbly thankful if we become worthy even to walk in that man's footsteps?
Note: St Louis, I think, inquired about the (unintentionally) obscure last line of the Thanksgiving poem. As I read Mrs. Eddy in Christ and Christmas, Sharon's rose is a reference to the Christ. There are a few Christmas carols which speak of the rose, but what is referred to varies. Herbert Howell's fine carol "A Spotless Rose" seems to refer to Christ Jesus, as does the old German carol "Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen". I emphasize, however, these are my quite possibly flawed readings of these carols and Mrs. Eddy. The carol "There is no Rose" seems to be about the Virgin Mary. The term "rose of Sharon" occurs in Song of Solomon (2:1), of all places, but appears to have no prophetic intent. There is also a general reference to the rose in Isaiah 35:1,2. It was obviously Mrs. Eddy's usage (as I understand it) I was hitching my little effort to. If this still doesn't clarify, to some extent anyway, the last line, I suggest having some sympathy for a well-intentioned poetaster.