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December is Full of Blessings
The past few weeks I have seen a gamut of actions, done by strangers and loved ones alike, which have literally brought tears to my eyes (both happy and sad). From the most recent school massacre in Sandy Hook, CT, to a St. Paul, MN, coffee house administering a “pay it forward” gift card program to random passers-by in honor of the twenty-six Sandy Hook shooting victims, to several Midwest neighbors exhibiting random acts of kindness after the recent winter storm (i.e. cleaning up driveways for those unable to battle the heavy snow in addition to checking in on the elderly). Another heart-warming surprise (and a landmark blessing, in my opinion) are the many people taking a stand against being “politically correct” this season – the people who are simply saying “Merry Christmas!” versus the generic “happy holidays”.
Although December is earmarked by the celebration of Christmas, many people tie different meanings to the day and what the celebration of the day should look like; thus, Christmas and December have a significantly different impact on so many people. Some people celebrate the birth of our Lord (the true meaning of and purpose behind celebrating Christmas), while others take the commercialism perspective (gifts, presents, cards, decorations, parties, new outfits, etc.), while some people celebrate the simple fact that they have a paid holiday (and don’t have to go into work that day), and others believe there is nothing to celebrate, whatsoever. Many enjoy the presence of loved ones among them, yet countless are without any loved ones or are mourning loved ones lost. Some travel long distances while others do not need to leave their comfortable homes.
Regardless of where you find yourself in this spectrum, I encourage everyone this Christmas season to take several moments - each hour of each day – to stop and recognize the countless blessings in your life. Do not compare yourself or your life to anyone else’s – just look at your life at that moment and thank God for something right then and there. Whether it be the beautiful snow covering outside your window, or the fun you just had playing a game with some family members, or the precious words said by a friend that touched your heart most recently, or the fact that I have posted this message to remind you just how much you are loved... None of these things are coincidences. God is everywhere... Open your eyes and look… And take pause to thank Him for the blessings he continuously gives you.
May God continue to bless you, keep you and lead you. All of you.
How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.