Soon it is Christmas; children will begin to count the number of sleeps and parents and people working will wonder when they will get a decent sleep. In the midst of this I wish you all a very meaningful time. I know there is joy out there and moments of great peace but I am aware of how much sadness there is and uncertainty. There is so much more that you face that I am not aware of.
May there be love and freedom within for each of you and the knowledge that the depth of God who is love and the goodness of life is also a personal presence and a saving power.
I have shed a few tears myself this week for loved ones and family. But I would not swap the tears – they mean I have the privilege of caring for and loving others. Everyday I meet people who feel the same.
We are meant to journey together
Every fortnight a team from our Community goes to two local senior citizens villages to lead a service of worship and then spend time over coffee in the lounge. Recently we talked about the reality of Christmas being lonely and a time where long held dreams are disappointed and where long cherished friends can only be remembered as they have died or are far away. . So many of the older ones said “This is exactly how we feel.”
We can spend our whole days communicating in a thousand ways through texting, emails, twittering and face booking but yet there are many who yearn for a few minutes of meaningful communication with a warm human being.
To know you are significant to someone else brings hope.
I find my older friends not only appreciate this significance, they are good at making others feel significant. It is not a mere therapeutic exercise but the basis of community; and a reason to live well.
Share some hope today.
Rev Pauline Stewart
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