I love Christmastime, don’t you? It’s probably my favorite time of year. I love the music, the jingle of the salvation army bell outside my grocery store, the cozy sweaters and warm mittens. I love how this season can bring out the best in people–although, as we’ve seen lately, it can also bring out the worst.
This year here, 2012, well it’s been one of the best of my life. I’ve been blessed in so many ways, some I’ve shared here and some which are too personal to post. But while things in my life have been going well, the people I love and surround myself with are going through the hardest times of their lives. Dear friends losing babies, houses being broken into, sick mothers, pay cuts & reduced hours, financial stress, sickness.. the list could go on. And these are just the people I know!
It’s hard for me because, other than lending a sympathetic ear, I don’t know what I can do for those dearest to me. I wish I could fix things. I wish I had a bank account that could pay for hospital bills & rent. I wish I had a magic wand that I could wave and take the immense pain and grieving away. I wish I could protect those I love from the evils of this earth. Sadly, you know as well as I do that these things are impossible. All I can do, all anyone can really do, is let those near us know how much we love them.
So this is to all of you, my dear friends. Whether you’ve been through heartache lately or have been blissfully shielded from pain, each and every one of you mean the world to me. I hope you know this. We can only hope that we’ve done a good job of telling those we love that.. well.. we love them.
Merry Christmas everyone. Please, now more than ever, remember to be kind and just love one another.