Vignette #3 of 3
What a nice way to say farewell to a year that is ending: with celebration! Regardless of our faiths, or lack of any, the year is rendering its last few gasps. In a very short time, it will be gone.
This is a delightful period! Phone calls, emails, and unexpected visits come from friends old and new. Memories surface of times throughout a long life, bringing tears and joy. Our present life shoe-horns its way into line, claiming a place in the celebratory season.
This is a valuable, nay, an imperative call. We must learn to recognize all that is good, hopeful, and precious in life. If this is our starting point, we will be standing on a firm foundation to view and acknowledge life’s realities.
Remember the nativity scene? It depicts the joy, love, and wonder surrounding the birth of a baby in a stable. Couple that with the real background of a cruel and heartless Roman occupation force. The whole scene changes.
As it was so long ago, so it is now in our modern times. There is so much to rejoice about, especially if we remember how much remains to be done.
Let the bells ring in the blessings of this Season for one and all.