The Holidays are a splendid time of year, filled with cheer, giving, kindness and benevolence we might otherwise neglect to employ; yet, it is also a time of year when many look through the glitter and sparkle and see only shadows of what used to be. Memories can be a funny thing. Though they are of happy hours, they can make us sad; and although they are of joyful moments, they can bring us tears. This holiday season I find myself understanding these conundrums more than ever before as I look around my festively decorated home and find myself missing one who loved this season of the year more than any other. I sit quietly staring at the place she used to sit and long to hear her laughter ringing through the house once more.
Nevertheless, she would Never want me to be sad and she would not want one sparkling, shining moment of this Blessed Season to find diminishment, particularly in missing her. She is near in ever glittering ornament on the tree and through ever gladsome song; she smiles through the glow, a sweet reflection of the radiance of Heaven touching my quiet world; and in these few days when I prepare in my heart, as well as my kitchen, for the coming of the Reason for the Season, I must remember that she is amidst THAT Joy and Love, which came down to Earth. How can I be sad about that?
Now, you may have other beliefs and you may not entirely agree, but when Love sits smiling upon us from a better, happier, more peaceful place; should we not pause to smile back? Perhaps if we did, the darkness of this world would be a bit brighter; perhaps it might glitter and sparkle like the lights of our countless holiday ornamentation shining out into the bleak winter night; perhaps to draw those lingering in the shadows into the light, if even for a moment, to bask in the glow and share a contented sigh.
May The Glow of the Season Reach out to you through the darkness and fill your quiet world or rush and bustle with Peace and Joy! Happy Christmas!
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