my Christmas wish…
This has been a strange year. As I look back there has been so much drama both in our personal lives and on the national and world scenes. Record drought, record storms, record flooding, the OWS protests and riots, total government dysfunction, and financial uncertainty here at home. Then there is the Arab Spring, the toppling of dictators, killing Bin Laden, the death of Communist Dictator Kim Jong Il, US withdrawal from Iraq just to name a few. Thinking about all these things can become overwhelming when you consider that there isn’t much anyone one person can do about it.
There is much hope that the 2012 election will change the national nightmare. Let’s face it conservatives aren’t very good at community organizing. It isn’t in our nature to meddle in other people’s business. We assume that everyone values their personal space as much as we do. We assume that everyone who sees the stars believes that they can reach for them.
I am not rich, not because someone victimized me. My dream life might be considered a nightmare to those more driven to obtain earthly treasure, but that is OK with me. ‘Each to their own’, is how I look at that. As I enter the last season of my earthly sojourn and look back, there are things that I could have done better but all in all I am satisfied with the path I chose. Blessings abound everywhere as I look around me and see my family and my home. Maybe if I had been willing to devote more of my time and energy to ‘making money’, I would be in a better position to ‘protect’ the people I love from what I fear is coming from a too powerful and corrupt government but I can’t really answer that question. No sense in going there at this point.
I am thankful that I grew up in a country that made a ‘big deal’ of this season that is about peace and joy. The cultural tradition of Christmas in America isn’t about celebrating an ancient pagan ritual, nor is it the exact birthday of our Savior but it brings hearts and minds back to the basic reward that giving brings. It causes much good to be done on behalf of the poorest among us, it makes us stop, if only for a moment, and concentrate on others more than self. Sure, it is commercialized but that also causes many good things to happen for the good of everyone because when business does well and closes the year in the black, the economy grows and we all benefit from the results.
My Christmas wish is for my family and you to know the peace and contentment of living each day as it comes, making the most of the good in life and preparing for life eternal.