Tomorrow is Christmas, a very holy day for our family. Our lives are filled with the joy of sharing this holiday with family andfriends. We are blessed, but I know
others are acutely missing those who are not in their lives but should be.
I’m not talking about those who are simply celebrating Christmas someplace else, those who are away in military service, or even those who have died. While we miss those people, there’s a different kind of hole in our hearts for those who have broken their connection to us.
Today we have a houseful, four generations ranging in age from age 84 to three months, and a kitchen humming with meal preparations. There’s a pile of presents to be opened in a little bit. The celebration will continue for the next few days with additional family members and with friends. When I am surrounded by happy family, I feel my life is full. I feel I am keeping my commitment to embrace life.
People don’t have to be far away for us to be apart. We can be estranged from Uncle Jason across the table because of his politics. Or great Aunt Heather who refuses to visit because she doesn’t approve of our mate or how we live our life.
The five candles of Advent promise hope, preparation, love, joy and in the center, Jesus. Every day of the year is the season of promise, a time for commitment to hope, love and joy. There’s no better time than Christmas to prepare for lasting change. If there is a hole in your heart because a broken relationship, embrace hope, prepare for lasting change in your relationship by opening up your heart and mind to repairing whatever has caused the estrangement, and show your love.
If you have done wrong, apologize. If someone has wronged you, forgive. We do not need to express joy over others thoughts, we can always express joy for their presence in our lives and show respect for their thinking.
Merry Christmas to all my Christian readers. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I pray that there is no hole in your heart. If not, I pray you find the courage to begin mending the hole.
Life Is Honest, Open and True
When I practice joy, hope and love in my relationships, I can mend those that are broken and strengthen the rest. When you are ready, prepare for a different future by practicing joy, hope and love in all facets of your life.