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Its Real Mission is Great Blessing of
the Benediction of Peace
The Itev. X. At Cheatham .Emphasize
Jligiiemi of JLife and llg;niy
of Service
ing with the modern
spirit of the Holidays
was Resident Minister
T. A. Cheatham's
Christmas sermon ; em
phasizing as it did the
real meaning, of the sea
son and its application
to life. 1 The text : St. Luke, 1 : 79
"To guide our feet into the way of
peace." t Our text today tells us why
Jesus Christ came to bless us with the
benediction of peace. Many of us today
are becoming so engrossed with the ma
terial side of Christmas that we have no
room for the spiritual, and we not only
fail to find the Christmas peace, but we
frequently are glad when the whole sea
son of strain is over, f We lose ourselves
amid the things of Christmas and make it
impossible to find the inner spirit. A
brother clergyman said to me, " Well,
you may have a great number of people
to preach to at Pinehurst, but you never
can know that you are accomplishing
anything." Of course I could show him
how mistaken he was by reminding him
that Pinehurst is said to be the most re
ligious of all resorts, and since I do not
take the credit for it, you will pardon my
saying that I have many letters and al
most numberless expressions of appre
ciation of these Chapel Services, because
of the peace and reality that reign here.
These things fill my heart to overflowing.
The fact is, people come to Pinehurst
because they find an atmosphere that is
different from anywhere else in the world.
It is not only democratic and cosmopoli
tan, but there is an indefinable something
about it that invigorates and soothes and
brings peace. It would not be the same
without this Chapel, because this Chapel
in all its services strives to make raiUhat
peace which the Christ came to bring
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
How the world today needs to find the
meaning of these words. As we gener
ally interpret the word, His life was any
thing but peace ; wandering about from
place to place with nowhere to lay His
head. The early Christians were men
who turned the world upside down;
they were disturbers of the peace no
peace with iniquity, no peace with op
pression, no peace with falsehood, no
peace with any enemy of the world's true
life. Men sometimes think that peace
can come by compromise, by sacrifice of
the right, by concession of the truth, and
it was of this pernicious peace that our
Lord spoke when he said, " 1 came not to
bring peace but a sword." But how are
we to know? If we could be sure that
the way along which we grope is the way
difference nor mere absence of irritation.
We are citizens of the world, and Jesus
Christ does not say by precept or ex
ample that we must run away from the
world's problems. The " peace at any
price" policy may for the time being rid
us of annoyance, but it does not bring
peace. Peace does not mean mere idle
ness or inactivity, or uselessness or stag
nation. A landscape which is peaceful
is not one which has no diversity or life
in it, but one in which the living trees
HTHE SILENT skies are full of speech
For who hath ears to hear ;
The winds are whispering each to each,
The moon is calling to the beach,
And stars their sacred wisdom teach
Of faith and love and fear:
And Christmas once is Christmas still ;
The gates through which He came ;
And forests wild and murmuring rill,
And fruitful field and breezy hill,
And all that else the wide world fill
Are vocal with His name.
Shall we not listen while they sing
This latest Christmas morn,
And music hear in everything,
And faithful lives in tribute bring,
To the great song which greets the King,
Who comes when Christ is born ?
of peace. How can we have peace in the
midst of trouble and disappointment.
There is not only the way of sorrow
and the way of worry, but the way of
doubt. There are many hard questions
and there is much mystery and uncer
tainty. Amidst all the guesses, all the
question marks, all the worries and per
plexities, Jesus Christ comes and prom
ises His peace. Let us this morning try
to follow His guiding hand. He teaches
us first of all that peace is not a lazy in-
and moving cattle and running stream
blend before us into unity and harmony.
In the same way a peaceful life is not a
life which has no vitality or diversity or
action in it, but one in which all the ex
periences which make up the common
round are parts of a harmonious whole.
A life is not unpeaceful when it is active
and busy, but when it is discordant and
aimless and passive. It is not work that
men need to shun, but restlessness.
( Continued on page three)
Annual Christmas Observance Will
Claim Attention of Entire Village
The Invitation General and Program
One of .Many Novel and
' .Delig-btful Surprises
(Thursday's) Christmas
observance all P i n e -hurst
gathers at The
Hotel Carolina, and a
Merry Christmas, in all
truth, it promises to be.
Following dinner at
seven, is a concert from
eight to nine, with the tree from nine to
ten, and dancing from ten to twelve;
the general . invitation conveyed in the
following cards which were sent out
on Monday :
Dear Old Santa writes to say
He'll be here on X-mas Day !
Thursday next is the date ;
You're invited to the Fete!
Since early Wednesday morning the
music hall has been closed to all, for
much of the evening's program is to be
a " surprise " for what would the day
be without anticipation. There will be
the usual tree with souvenir favors for
all and verses for some of the "nota
bles; " all in all, an evening long to be
remembered. If For Wednesday evening
next is the annual New Year's eve dance
with the possibility of minstrelsy or vau
deville on the following night, f The
week has been one of many arrivals, re
turning friends very largely making up
the list, and for the immediate future
bookings are unusually large. Perfect
days are speeding the old year onward
to the new, and diversified recreations in
The Open are claiming attention.
Gueatii at The Carolina
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Truesdell of Brook
lyn are welcomed back for January.
Mr. aLd Mrs. T. B. Boyd of St. Louis
are again here for the month.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry S. Cattell, Mrs. Cat
tell, Miss Esther Cattell and Mr. Charles
E. Cattell of Philadelphia return.
Mr. and Mrs. Cabot J. Morse, Master
Jack Morse and Mrs. Duncan M. Pridie
of Boston are spending January here after
their annual custom.
Mr. Franklin Waterman of New York
leaves after a short visit as the guest of
Mr. and Mrs. Red field.
Concluded on page two)

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