The Last Days Before Christmas
by Charlotte Siems
The recent Connecticut school tragedy is on our minds. We all wonder what it must be like for the families, facing these unthinkable circumstances. Somehow the fact that it happened right before Christmas makes it even more tragic and heartrending. Our thoughts and constant prayers are turned towards the city of Newtown, the Sandy Hook school and every person affected by the tragedy.
Our own lives will go on, and from the viewpoint of the bereaved it seems a little unfair. I remember times in my life when I felt out of place at the grocery store. All these people shopping, trying to decide what to have for dinner, and they couldn’t see that my heart was broken and I wasn’t sure I’d ever be happy again. Most of us have felt that way during a season of grief and loss in our lives.
It wouldn’t help anyone to cancel our holiday or feel guilty that we will celebrate with our little children. But we can remember that there is no “someday.” We only have today, this moment.
In all the hustle and bustle (and believe me, I’ve got plenty of hustling to do this week), don’t forget to read stories and put a bow in a little girl’s hair. Make cookies, but this time include the little ones. Wrap presents, and think grateful thoughts for each recipient instead of being aggravated that you have so much to do.
Oh, excuse me, I was talking to myself.
In these last days before Christmas, celebrate and give love every chance you get. We never regret the times we were patient and cheerful. We don’t later wish we hadn’t encouraged someone or gone out of our way to help them feel loved.
Stay present. Make memories. Don’t miss anything. And continue to pray for the broken-hearted.
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