In the past few years there have been those that we love dearly who have gone on before us. I deeply mourn the loss of their smiles and their voices during this holiday season.
It saddens me so to see the turmoil of our families and am reminded that none of us are promised tomorrow. Our lives are such a short time on this Earth and much too short to spend in anger with those we hold dear in our lives.
I am asking you to think. Truly, if you woke tomorrow and found that person no longer there, how would you feel? Would you have regret knowing the last word you ever spoke to that person was in anger? Or that the last time they saw your face, it was scowling at them? Or the last time they heard your voice it was saying angry, hurtful things?
Where do our children stand in all of this? We spend our time teaching them how to love each other and be kind to others and not speak badly of others. What are we showing them? How are we hurting them?
Forgiveness is a difficult thing to do, especially if you feel you have been wronged by someone. But sometimes, a truce must be called in order to begin the way to forgiveness. As different as we all are, we cannot expect everyone to think and feel the same as we do. Sometimes we just have to agree to disagree and move forward. When the walls come up and you are continually stuck in the same place, it creates a rut, and then a bog that will suck you deeper into the pit.
I am asking you all to think. What is this season for? This is the season for thankfulness. What are you thankful for? I ask you to begin to thank God for everything in your life, and I do mean everything. Try to think of all you have and thank him for each thing. For the place you live, that you are able to afford the place you live, that you have an income that allows you to pay for it, that you have food, that you have friends, that you have beautiful healthy children, you have decent clothes, a warm place to sleep on cold nights, you have a blanket to cover you, and you are not in prison. If you really think, you have all sorts of things to be thankful for. Think of those who have nothing.
Please, let’s set our eyes on the reason for these holidays, and in the words of the most famous person I know, “Be ye kind, one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another.”