People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world. Children playing with other children…sound familiar? Sound of merry making, jingle bells and ho! ho! ho!. Yes, it’s that time of the year again but it’s actually a time for quiet reflection, contemplation and prayer. There’s nothing to celebrate except the holidays. Yes you may commemorate Christ’s birthday but that’s it. His coming in human form.
As my aunt always points out it’s the time of year when you get every kind of food. Supermarket trolleys are full of all sorts of goodies. But no need for pomp and ceremony. Nor extravagance. Christ entered the world virtually undetected and unannounced except for a message to shepherds who watched their flocks by night. And not forgetting the 3 wise men. Oh let’s be wise. Use this time to renew old aquaintances. Mend fences. Bury the hatchet. Love thy neighbour.
You don’t need a lot of food or alcohol to do that. Form new friendships. You don’t need to cross the world to make new friends-maybe you could get to know someone nearby that needs your friendship. It’s a very lonely time and the loneliness cuts like a knife. Visit the lonely and try not to exclude anyone. Everyone looks forward to sharing with someone. Share however little or much you have. Spend quality time with God, too.
Also reflecting on the year that was and taking up the gauntlet for the year ahead. With all it’s challenges and unpredictability. Don’t visit fortune tellers. Que sera sera-whatever will be will be! Trust God for the year ahead. No matter how bad this year has been. Learning to love yourself is the greatest gift you can give yourself. Concentrate less on the materialism that abounds at this time, but looking instead at your spiritual self.