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“Greetings, O favoured one, the Lord is with you!”-Luke 1:28
“It’s the most wonderful time of year!”-the song goes.
Truth be told, when you see the enthusiasm on the faces of children during the Christmas season, you simply have to sit back and soak in the purity of their joy. So much about this time of year is for them. Their innocence still allows them to celebrate gifts, goodies and friendships without having to take on the worries of this life. Let us preserve that beauty for their sakes.
I love the fact that although Christmas is a Christ-centred celebration, many barriers are broken down during the season, even if only temporarily. There is a collective goodwill, hospitality and generosity that unites us as humans created in God’s image. Many persons remember the poor, the widows and the orphans. Others try to reconnect with distant family members. We see a genuine effort to love one another.
While on a personal level it will be a bittersweet season for my family having to spend our first Christmas without both my dad and my mom, already we have received messages of love and compassion from family and friends. Spare a thought for those in grief during this season. If you can, invite them over, cook a meal, make a phone call or simply pray for them, if that is all you can do. Your invitation may be the only Christmas event that they would be interested in. As I read in a book recently, you can turn that “meeting” into a “meat-ing”! Ultimately, though, it will be more about the company and companionship than what is on the plate.
As we celebrate the season, remember to feed yourself both physically and spiritually.
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