From the Heart of Chaplain King
It’s that time of year; a time to cheer. Time to count blessings, celebrate the birth of Christ and to rejoice. For some, it is also Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. For many this means a few days off from work; to find that special gift or to cook; to make that amazing meal and to call up, and party with some ol’ friends who are dear. Unfortunately, for some folks, this time of year isn’t a joke. It’s not so cheerful or enjoyable. It brings anxiety and could turn quite horrible. Anxiety to find and wrapall the gifts in time; to decorate the Christmas tree(s), the house and or to cook that special feast. These days, to some, are not much fun. It can be filled with worry, panic and fear from a year of planning or from not planning it so clear; from seeking out that special gift to figuring out how to pay for it. This time of year, many dear folks have a mile long list of gifts to get, things to do and undoubtedly wish for an extra hour or two.
Regrettably for some folks this time of year, they do not have anything on their to-do list; no reason to cheer. They will go through the holidays alone, without that special someone. They will have no one to share it with, to shop or cook for,or to give a gift. This time of year can be extremely rough and depressing. While there are ways to be happy by themselves, people still get down if they feel alone and without blessing. If this is you, I hope you hear loud and clear all of
our member’s prayers. If this season gets you down, please oh please, look up and ask God for help all around. Ask God for the courage to reach out and connect with people. Ask God for the strength to seek company and be social; for the love to light up your holidays and for his direction to show you the way. If you know of someone who possibly will go it alone, invite them in, hand them a gift of cheer by giving them a kiss, a hug or at least, buy them a glass of wine or a beer.
If this time of year, it is you who is overwhelmed, seek out company of family and friends by, nothing less than, over the phone. If it is a grudge that holds you back, open your heart and let go of the past because it’s this time of year; a time to cheer. Just as Santa would say to his reindeer, ‘go on Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen; Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen’, I say, lets get out there, lets smile and have good cheer.
God Bless you all, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year… Chaplain King