They say that the summer solstice is the longest day of the year (June 21). I would like to argue that December 24th is actually the longest day (if you under 10 years old). Today we will spend the day trying to rein in Bug and Sunshine. Entertain. We will spend the day watching Christmas specials on TV and checking the Santa radar on the computer.
Christmas is an emotional time of the year. I think more so than any other. Memories (happy or sad) of Christmas's past come rampaging through. We have had several deaths in our community during the last few weeks. The families affected will be spending their first Christmas without their beloved wife, mother, grandmother, father, son, etc. That makes an impression. I have a link to the Fat Cyclist on my side bar. This will probably be his last Christmas with his wife. How can you cope with that?
Of course their are happy memories too. Those happy times as a child. The Christmas I proposed to my beloved Bride. Each of the kids first Christmas. The family dinners. Times when everything seemed so right in the world.
My heart goes out to those that will have a tough time this year. I'm not talking about not getting that ipod you wanted. I'm talking about grief, depression, loneliness. I offer a word of encouragement. "This too shall pass" It will get better. The sun will shine again. I pray that God will give you peace, comfort, mercy.
To those of you who are having a great Christmas, take a look around. Surely there is someone you could reach out too. Send a card. Take a plate of cookies.
Reach out and put your arm around someone today.