Our Lord’s incarnation makes Christmas Merry

JP: The above antique Christmas card is from my sister-in-law’s collection. She comments on it here:

Some of you know that I collect vintage postcards. By far, the best selection is found on Ebay. I no longer collect them at anything near the rate I did when I first started a few years ago, though I did buy a nice one yesterday that I’ll look to scan for you soon. I found a postcard selection displayed in a wooden sewing machine drawer in an antique shop and saw that it was a perfect fit, so that’s how I keep mine now. Christmas being a favorite holiday, I love to pull them out and look at them. A couple of years ago, I found a large lot of religiously themed postcards on Ebay, more than 60 of them. Most people prefer vintage Santa postcards, which can be pricey, so I got the lot at a wonderful price. I noticed when I got them that they all mentioned a certain girl and that’s where the mystery comes in.

All the postcards have to do with a girl named Doris Ridgway, have a religious theme, and all are sent from European countries in December of [date unclear], though to a few different addresses. Some are sent to Doris at her address in Ridgway, Virginia. Some are sent to “Radio Luxembourg” and annotated, “pour Dorothee”. The two scans are typical of all 60 some postcards. I love the script in the second scan from a little Belgian girl. It’s been awhile since I studied French but I think this is an accurate translation: “I am a little girl your age. I am Belgian. I think well of you.” So sweet. You’ll notice that it is addressed to “dise millions d’auditeurs”, which I’m thinking is “ten million listeners” or some such thing. I’ve googled all kinds of things with no luck, exploring Dorothy Ridgway… Hardy, Virginia…Radio Luxemboerg with no luck. Thoughts that have crossed my mind is that maybe little Doris was ill and it was a postcard writing campaign, or maybe there was some type of contest to get the most postcards or collect the most signatures as several of the postcards are signed by more than one person. In any case, I’ve now inherited this collection written to little Doris and I treasure them all, though the story is unknown to me. If any of you are so inclined, have the time and are amateur sleuths, I’d love it if you could tell me the story of this collection.

Chuck Bumgardner has a very helpful blog post entitled Observations on the Incarnation through Church History. Below are links to his blog posts (a veritable feast for the mind and soul!):

Charles Hodge is one of my favorite theologians. Here he offers The Scriptural Facts concerning the Person of Christ.

Brief excerpt only … select the above link for detail:

The proof of this doctrine includes three distinct classes of passages of Scripture, or may be presented in three different forms. First, the proof of the several elements of the doctrine separately. Secondly, the current language of the Scriptures which speak of Christ, from beginning to end, sometimes as man and sometimes as God; and combine the two modes of statement, or pass from the one to the other as naturally and as easily as they do where speaking of man as mortal and immortal, or as corporeal and as spiritual. Thirdly, there are certain passages of Scripture in which the doctrine of the incarnation is formally presented and dogmatically asserted

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