Clarence: Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?
The holiday season brings an eclectic flow of emotions. We rejoice for being with loved ones and remember those who are not with us on Earth. We celebrate new beginnings and reflect on memories of Christmas’ long ago. The whirlwind of emotions can leave one feeling joyful one moment, and in tears the next.
I like to believe the true meaning of Christmas is remembered by all when we experience this myriad of emotions. Its necessity? To remind us the true reason for Christmas- someone was sent to provide hope, faith & love in the most ordinary setting. A baby born with little fanfare. He was a carpenter’s son and loved by a mother unconditionally to the very end of His life on Earth. He died with no money, hated by many and even betrayed by some of His friends. In return, He gave nothing but love, forgiveness and the hope that someday we will all be reunited with those we love.
Although I am a big fan of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, I do believe Clarence got it wrong when he said- ‘Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?’ I don’t believe our loved one’s leave us with a hole to hurt, but a treasure box of memories & wisdom to share. Christmas celebrates a day when wise men knew something glorious and unforgettable was happening, in the most ordinary circumstances. Our loved one’s- those with us physically & in our thoughts- remind us every day that life is about feeling & experiencing those every day ordinary emotions: tears, laughter, pain and good fortune. We must take what we learn from the simplest ‘bumps in the road’ to the most hurtful heartaches & disappointments, and remember every emotion we feel has a purpose.
Every person we meet teaches us who we are. Every emotion we feel reminds us of our immortality. Every action we complete creates a memory for someone of how much we mean to them. What treasures will you provide someone this year? Don’t think you have any? Just remember how one baby changed the world.