There’s no such thing as a ‘better’ time to lose a loved one, and with that said there couldn’t be a ‘worse’ time either. Christmas time is so special to me; my childhood memories of the anticipations of Santa and his reindeer, beautiful Christmas music, family meals, mid-night mass, my father, who left this world 25 years ago, and so much more, fill my heart & spirit. A part of me comes to life, and that same part seems to go away the rest of the year. The birth of Christ is reborn in our hearts each year at this time – it’s magical! I cannot fathom what it would be like to have experienced the death of my child during this Christmas season, as so many have in the Connecticut Sandy Hook School shooting. My heart and prayers go out to all the families of these innocent victims.
The world seems to be so much different today from when I was growing up. It was nicer then. If present day is testimony that things breakdown and continue to get more violent as time passes, what does the future hold?
Like my priest said today, we don’t look at this shooting and see the face of God – no way! It’s the enemy we see, he comes to kill, steal and destroy.
There is peace in the world and it can be found inside each & every one of us. So let’s make a little Christmas today and shed light on the world. Turn to a neighbor and help those in need. We must forget about our own troubles and send hope to those who despair.
We don’t have all the answers, and some may never come until we reach heaven, but while we are here on this earth let good will reign. Peace begins with ‘you’ and with ‘me.’ God bless us all!