Tuesday, December 20, 2011
WHAT CHRISTMAS ISN'T
Christmas isn't about the presents under the tree. Christmas is about what goes on in a hospital today. What goes on in hearts that are aching and breaking. Christmas is about reaching out to those who are struggling and to those that are going through horrible experiences and simply need someone, anyone, a stranger or a friend to reach out and help hold them up...hold them together. Sometimes words aren't necessary. Sometimes, for some people, Christmas is a day full of tears and fears and heartbreak instead of celebration.
I have a precious friend whose husband is gravely ill. I have another friend awaiting a diagnosis that could be devastating. And yet another friend,, I have never met, whose son recently returned from Iraq, where one half of his platoon was killed. He is struggling to remain upright with the overwhelming question, "Why was I allowed to live and not die with them." He has attempted suicide twice. Survivor's guilt is horrendous.
I say these things to you today to remind you of what Christmas really is about. It is about love and finding it within your heart to care about others who are grieving, devastated and hanging on by a thread. So as you celebrate this special season of Christmas and Hanukkah, please take a moment and reach out your hand to someone who needs it more than you will ever know. And say a prayer that their pain is eased, and let them know that they are loved and thought of not just during this special time of year, but always.
It is in so doing that you will find the spirit of the season, the reason for the season, and the light that can glimmer for those who need you the most. It isn't about the gifts under the tree; it is about the gifts in your heart.
Work for a cause not for applause.
Live life to express not to impress.
Don't strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.