As we enter the Christmas season our thoughts are filled with those to do list questions. Did I include everyone I should be mailing cards to? Did I get the right gift for everyone? Do I have all the food I need for holidays? Have I left anyone off my gift list who should be on it? .Sadly, there is this elusive pursuit of the perfect Christmas. For many in poverty the to do list questions becomes much smaller to ones of Will I qualify for a gift basket from family services? What do I say to my son or daughter when I tell them there will be no gifts for Christmas? Poverty for many means running out of money by the third week of the month.
What is far more important is focusing on those things that bring love, beauty and joy flowing into our lives. It is the love we give to family and friends. It is being there for those who need us. It is reaching out to that colleague who needs your guidance and support.
In the hustle and bustle of all your Christmas preparations could I kindly suggest that you take time to listen to Beneath That Star. In an ever-darkening world Sally reminds us of something that has far more importance than our Christmas to do lists. It is in listening to what that star , that guiding light that led the wise men to celebrate Christ’s birth, means to each of us. It is hope for lives filled with hopelessness. It is love that gives without condition. It is the love of Christ that is in each heart that reaches out to others and says, “Here I am. I will be here through all you experience. I will love you through all the hurt, pain and the loneliness you may be feeling.”
Sally, thanks for bringing the touching message of Beneath That Star to all of us.
Dr. (Hons.) Kevin Osborne,B.Th. with honours, D.D. D.Sc., Diplomate Honors in Creative Ministry is a Certified Christian Counsellor training to be a Christian psychotherapist with St. James the Elder Theological Seminary. He is a member of The Word Guild, a Christian writer’s group in Canada.