Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Extra Love for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us. In just a couple days, many of us will be gathering with family and friends to give thanks for everything in our lives. And then out comes the tree and lights, and Christmas music. There's concerts and programs to go to, and gifts to give, as we wish everyone some holiday cheer.

But I urge you all to please remember that for many, this time of year is not cheerful. For some, this time of year is incredibly heartbreaking and difficult to get through.

This is a time of year when, while many are smiling and laughing and enjoying loved ones, many others are struggling to not break down, wishing they had just one more day with a loved one.

This is a time of year when, while many are out buying gifts and all the fixings for a wonderful turkey dinner, many others are looking through the shop windows with tears in their eyes, and empty pockets.

This is a time of year when, while many are giving thanks for their health and happiness, many others are going through chemotherapy, or sitting in a hospital room, or are too ill or depressed to enjoy the season.

This is a time of year when, while many celebrate with family and friends, many others are stationed overseas and unable to come home, or are sitting alone in nursing homes.

Please keep all these people, and everyone else who may be having a difficult time right now, in your hearts and prayers. And take it a step beyond that... give someone the gift of love. Reach out and hug the person who is hurting. Donate, if you can, to places that can provide food and gifts to those in need. Set an extra plate at your own table. Visit someone who is alone, or who has lost a loved one. Bring them a meal and enjoy it with them.

Do something in love... be the answer to someone's prayer this holiday season.

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