It’s the most wonderful time of the year … or so we sing — ‘tis the season for full bellies, family festivities, delicious baking, gift-giving/receiving, carols and more. But ‘tis also the most difficult time of the year for many — a season that isn’t particularly cheerful, jolly, merry and bright.
Wounded and grieving people are all around, and yet, most of the time we’re fairly oblivious to them amidst the hustle and bustle of our own to-do lists:
* Parents whose children are terminally ill
* Couples in the middle of divorce
* People grieving the loss of loved ones
* Kids being bullied at school
* Teenagers who want to end their lives
* Spouses whose partners are deployed in combat
* Families with no idea how to keep the lights on
* Single parents with little help and little sleep
Today’s episode is a gentle reminder to remember that not everyone around you is experiencing the Christmas season the same way you are. Be kind. Be compassionate. Be gracious. Create space whenever and wherever space may be needed, because you just never know how meaningful and needed your small act of kindness may be.
It’s through and with this awareness that our greatest Christmas opportunities present themselves — that we can become the spirit of Christmas by offering hope, peace, love, joy and light to an otherwise worrisome, fearful and grieving season.
It’s what we sing about after all:
* Good will to men
* All is calm, all is bright
* Joy to the world
* Peace on earth
* O come all ye faithful
Mentioned In This Episode
* Episode 51: Confronting Life w/ Matt Rigby — Do We Sanitize The Dark Side A Little Too Much?
* Blog post: Everyone Around You is Grieving, Go Easy by John Pavlovitz