Merry Christmas. This should be a happy time of year but for many people, it’s a miserable and painful time.
We may be lonely, missing someone special who will never come through the door again or who is far away and can’t be with us.
We may be unable to participate in a way that is meaningful our hearts. You may say, “No, your friendship is more than enough,” but that just may crush whatever spirit we still have.
We may be down on our luck or, due to poor health or circumstance, unable to welcome you into our home or accept your kind invitation.
You just don’t know what is going on the heart and mind of the person standing next to you – and we may not have the words to tell you.
I wish you patience with those who test you. I wish you an extra few moments – to make eye contact and to smile, to let someone go head of you in line or in traffic. I wish you a mind open enough to see someone who is struggling and a heart open enough to offer a hand in that moment. I wish you the wisdom to understand that this is a hard time, and likely for many more people that you can imagine.
If you are so blessed as to have enough of everything you want and need, I wish you the strength to be aware enough to offer a little of what you have to someone to whom it would mean the world.
Your gift doesn’t have to be wrapped in tissue paper and ribbons. Your gift can be as simple as a kind word, a gentle thought, your ear to listen, your hand, your time, or your ear to listen.
May the season brings you everything your heart desires.