This song is a wonderful reminder of the hope and joy Christians associate with the birth of Christ. Buon Natale, Joyeux Noël, Merry Christmas!

 
 
Not all of us will be news makers and/or trendsetters, but life is so much richer when we use our lives--or at least a portion of our precious, limited time on this earth--to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Many, the world over, are now celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela, who made a significant difference in the lives of others.
In the struggle for freedom, equality, and education for all, Madiba's later years epitomized this quote from Robert Brault: “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.” 
In two weeks, many of us--the world over--will celebrate the birth of Jesus, the ultimate difference-maker and model of forgiveness for Christians. Wishing you and yours the love, joy, hope, peace, and spirit of Christmas.
 
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS; JOYEUX NOEL; HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Thank you so much for sharing your Tuesdays, or whichever day you tune in, with me. I wish you love, peace, and joy.
 
 
Christmas is next week, and my heart is heavy as my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and loved ones suffering from last week's mass shooting in Newtown, CT. A painful reminder that We Know Not the Day Or the Hour, and It's a Difficult Time of the Year. Loved ones are now left trying to celebrate those they had. It's incumbent upon the rest of us to be ever mindful to celebrate those we have.

Sometimes there are just no words to express our feelings of loss, anguish, sorrow, devastation, or sympathy. That's one reason why what Christmas represents to me--the birth of Christ, the King--is so meaningful. Because when my heart is torn to pieces, when I feel empty inside, I have a place to go where no words are required. I can go to the King. And for that I'm truly grateful.
 
 
While this is a wonderful time of the year for many, it's also a difficult time of the year for a significant number of people. For some, the celebratory nature of the season makes it even more difficult. Many have heavy hearts. Some are lonely, or have an empty seat at the table having lost a loved one. Others are displaced or homeless. Some are hungry, abandoned, neglected, and/or abused. As I celebrate the joy of the Christmas season, I want to be mindful that some feel pain and sadness right now. It might make a tremendous difference to someone to receive a call to say hello, a meal, a donation of money or gifts, a visit, or a card. Sponsoring dinner for a family, providing a  coat, blanket, shoes, or socks to those less fortunate are also options I have to lighten another's load. One gesture, be it large or small, may make a tremendous difference to someone for whom it's a difficult time of the year.
 
 
The mistletoe, lights, wreaths, poinsettias, trees, cards, gifts, carols, spending time with family and friends, enjoying the festive nature of the season--these are all attributes of the Christmas season I enjoy. But if I'm not careful, I can get bogged down with, and overwhelmed by, the commercial traditions of Christmas. For Christians, Jesus is the reason for the season. So I must make my primary focus celebrating the birth of Jesus, thus, keeping the Christ in Christmas. And when I do that, it's truly the most wonderful time of the year!