Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Is Coming!

What does this mean to you?
Shopping? Cooking? Laughing? Opening Presents?
Special Sales? Christmas Caroling? Eating too much?
Or perhaps the Love in the Season of giving?

For me, Christmas is the annual reminder of Giving and Receiving the Gifts of Love.
They come for me in the form of giving to people who are shut in or away from their families.
Soldiers and hospitalized vets, residents of assisted living homes and convalescent hospitals, those who have lost their families or been abandoned, they need to know they are loved.

And so it is at Christmas time, I invite us all to remember how blessed we are to know the meaning of Love.
  • We have the opportunity to call and write to those who might not be remembered.
  • We can bake cookies for our neighbors or our church.
  • We can drop change in the Salvation Army bellringers pot for those who are taken in from the cold.
  • We can smile at harried shoppers and sales people.
  • We can take our time in lines or on the highways with a silent blessing of “Peace, my brother!”
  • We can go caroling to hospitals and senior centers.
  • We can sit quietly in prayer for Peace on Earth.
  • We can envision the world politics change for the Good of All.
  • We can watch inspiring or happy stuff on TV.
  • We can whistle our favorite Christmas songs.
  • We can take some canned goods or extra food to the local food pantry.
  • We can prepared our favorite meal or holiday dish with special love and blessing.
  • We can give our gifts with the oinnocent delight of children.
  • We can remember a few of our favorite things from Christmas past.
  • We can forgive our mistakes and choose again for the highest and best we know.
  • We can give ourselves the gift of polishing our own inner light and delight.

This is the time for coming out of the closet of our own fear and defensiveness.
This is the time for counting our blessings and bringing blessing to others.
This is the time for letting go of what was and choosing again for what will be.
This is the time to shine our light brightly in the darkness and teach by example how to be happy.

Christmas is coming again in you and me.
We make each day be what we want it to be.
Choose again for the Christmas you want to have.
Make it healing, healthy and holy!

Loving you,
Betty Lue
Let me know if you can come caroling with us on Christmas afternoon.