Whenever I see my own light dimming making my world feel lonely, dark and scary, someone comes along and brightens the way for me. I’m grateful for family and friends who give me light which helps me conquer the darkness. I hope you have like persons in your life who share their sunshine and rekindle yours. I do believe as long as there is light, there is hope and there is a way. My best days are the ones I can be the light for others.
Our experience with grief gives us the ability to truly empathize with another in similar circumstances. What blessings have you received or have been able to give another during sorrowful times?
By the magical light of a small Christmas candle
A little old man tries to carefully handle
The small porcelain manger which serves as a bed
For the wee Baby Jesus to lay down His head.
In wonder he brings the manger up to his view,
Smiles at the baby and whispers, I love you!
I love you for bringing this season of joy,
I love you for growing to a man from a boy;
For being our light and leading the way,
For being the spirit which makes Christmas Day!
You have been my mentor, my model, my hero and guide,
Please continue to help me and stay by my side.
I have tried to follow your teachings and give as you gave,
Reminding all to be kind and that it’s wise to behave.
Help me to serve others and bring them your light,
Especially the children, please bless them tonight!
Some have so very little, scarce food for their table,
You know how it feels – you were born in a stable!
Bless all their mothers and fathers with a knowledge that is sure, The best gift they can give is their love, strong and pure.
That’s the Spirit of Christmas when all is said and done,
Gods gift of love, that came as His Son!
Then back to His mother the child is returned
The Nativity glows as the candle is burned.
In a wink the little old man slips quietly away
Some say he goes up the chimney and climbs in a sleigh.
Whatever the case, His mission is clear
Give unto others, bringing love and good cheer.
He flies into the night and bids us adieu
Doing for others what Jesus would do!
Greg Olsen – 2009