So This Is Christmas

So This Is Christmas

“So this is Christmas…”

The words to this song make me think about how we reach out at this time of year.

’Tis the season we connect with each other—those who are happy, those who are sad, the fortunate, and the unfortunate.

It is strange how we notice the sad events which happen at Christmas. We lose a loved one, we listen to the tragedies on the television.  Maybe it is magnified because we are hungry for joy and happiness especially during this season. I know we all have times when we are walking in darkness. Sometimes it feels like forever. I am sixty-eight years old. I remember the dark times. Thank God I don’t remember all of them.

Remember the expression “needle in a haystack?” Many of us don’t even know what a haystack is.  We are just scurrying to get things done in this busy season. What is important is what we are blind to. I am talking about the ways we try to connect as we party and seek out our friends and acknowledge our families.

If you are looking for a needle in a haystack this holiday season, look closer. They are all around you with hopeful, expectant faces. I am talking about the innocent. The children. We adults have a responsibility to “see” what children need. They are our hope for a better world, for peace on earth.

One year I was amazed at the enormous number of packages we give to children in special places like rehab centers.  Yet we forget them the rest of the year.

So when you’re out shopping like crazy little beavers working to bring JOY in the hearts of your children or some neglected child on Christmas morning, think deeper. Remember that precious child needs not your money or the things you can buy them, but the most valuable of commodities: YOUR TIME. Look at them, listen to them. They need encouragement wrapped in a package of sound judgment, guidance, and structure to feel safe. These three gifts are the foundations for happiness.


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