Merry Christmas

About six weeks ago I started a group on Facebook called Christmas Thoughts. I had run across several pages of Christmas quotes … all of them inspirational and encouraging. It’s been enjoyable to share them and to think about them, a few every day. And now Christmas is upon us.

We all know that the smiles and warmth of Christmas do not belong to everyone. The hurting, abandoned, grieving, and lonely will all sing a different song than others. There is nothing wrong with a little melancholy, because the ghost of Christmas past never fails to remind us of those times when darkness was so strong. ┬áBut I encourage you not to stay there. Lift your eyes to those around you who are in need and give the gifts that only you can… yourself. If that sounds harsh, remember that this is the voice of experience talking. I’ll have to do the same.

There are those today who scowl at the online nature of our world. We all know that face to face relationships are most important. But sometimes that is not possible. And I can tell you stories of people who were able to hang on in the darkest of times because of an email, a Facebook contact, or an email group where encouragement was found. I’ll tell my friends that I see in person ‘Merry Christmas‘. But to my online friends and family … those whom I’ve never met but because of the internet we are able to share encouragements and prayers, laughter and support … this is my Christmas card to you.

Thank you for reading my posts and responding both here and on Facebook and on Twitter. It’s an interesting web of contacts that I have enjoyed for so many years. Thanks for praying for me during really tough times… and thanks for letting me pray for you. Thanks for the funny posts you’ve shared and for laughing at my corny jokes. Mostly thanks for staying connected. And if this internet thing ever goes away, we will have enjoyed a season during which we experienced the thoughts and lives of others in a way that was unique to our generation.

Since I’ve been sharing Christmas Thoughts on that Facebook page, I’ll share one here to close out my Christmas Card to you. It reflects on the most important aspect of Christmas. Merry Christmas to all of you!

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O weary, weary, is the world, But here is all aright.)
The Christ-child lay on Mary’s breast,
His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the kings, But here the true hearts are.)
The Christ-child lay on Mary’s heart,
His hair was like a fire
(O weary, weary is the world, But here the world’s desire.)
The Christ-child stood at Mary’s knee,
His hair was like a crown.
And all the flowers looked up at Him.
And all the stars looked down.
–G. K. Chesterton

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