About 20 years ago, I had the privilege of attending a function in Kensington, Maryland, sponsored by Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (The Mormons). It was held during the Christmas season and was titled, “One million Christmas lights.” People from all around came to bask in its splendor.
Essentially, the entire circumference of the tabernacle was transformed into a passage of decorative lights, with nativity scenes from around the world. This transformation exploded into a visual depiction of how different nations celebrate Christmas. There was a presence that engulfed this edifice, as if the people of the world had joined hands in one friendly neighborhood, with mutual respect, love and comraderie for each other. The experience was both life changing and educational.
Christmas is a special time of year that brings out the child in almost everyone. It depicts a time of caring, sharing and spreading good tidings and great joy. There is a feeling that surrounds us that is difficult to describe, but you can see it in the environment, smell it in everything, taste it in all the home cooked goods and experience it with the warm greetings from all around.
Despite this special feeling, there are many around us who are lonely and depressed; some because of all the negative experiences that they endured during the outgoing year, others are sad because they have no one with whom to share this cheerful time and some are struggling with the pressures that the Christmas season can bring. These are real emotions that should not be ignored. I encourage any one of you who may find yourself in any one of these predicaments, to seek a friend, pastor, counselor or a community leader with whom to speak.
Let us all remember the true meaning and reason for this season and purpose in our hearts to help and support each other. This has been an extremely rough year and so many are still rebounding from the chaos and pains wreaked by Hurricane Matthew. It is important to show sensitivity, render assistance and give support to everyone in our path. We should be gracious and thankful for the country in which we live, where we can freely express our admiration for the Christ child and all he represents; where Christmas is more than information, it is revelation. Merry Christmas All!!
POINT TO PONDER: Hoorah, welcome every Christmas.
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Published Tuesday, December 20, 2016