Whatever your Christmas wish this year, hopefully you found it sitting under the tree. Hopefully, you’re spending time with family and friends, having a good meal and good laughs.
But while you celebrate the joy of the season today, take a moment to remember.
Remember the mom who worked double shifts for the last two months just to put one gift under the tree.
Remember the husband sitting at his wife’s bedside as she fights a losing battle with cancer.
Remember the soldier still overseas, spending another holiday away from his family and friends.
Remember the teen marking yet another Christmas season as a ward of the state.
Remember the woman spending her first Christmas alone since her husband’s passing.
Remember the dog in the shelter who wants nothing more than a forever home.
Remember the child who woke up hungry this morning and will go to bed still hungry tonight.
Remember the homeless who spent Christmas Eve and the night before that and the night before that in the cold.
Remember the first-time parents spending their day watching a tiny bassinet in the neonatal ICU.
Remember and count your blessings.
Remember and vow to make a difference in someone’s life next year. Donate a toy. Put some change in the kettle. Call a neighbor dealing with pain or loss. Send a care package. Adopt a child, adopt a dog. Give food to a pantry, coats to a shelter. Wish for peace on Earth and good will to all men.
Christmas isn’t about what we get. It’s about what we give. And material things never last.
But love does. Love great and small endures all things, overcomes all things. It is the core of the Christmas spirit.
And that spirit, that special feeling that warms your heart when the skies turn gray and lights don trees, begs us to dig deeper, to love better.
So give a simple thought or silent prayer to those in need, those hurting, those without hope … even though you may not know their names or faces.
Someone somewhere needs that gift. Give it.
In summary Take a moment today to count your blessings and remember the less fortunate.