Christmas gathers up so many memories and so many feelings – and not all of them are happy. It can be an acutely painful time for some as the pain of absence stands in stark contrast to the joy of others. Christmas is the celebration of God-with-us, incarnate love. And as much as love swells our hearts, love can also wound – ask any parent. We put so much on one day – impossibly high expectations – but love should be for every day. If 25 December doesn’t go to plan, there are 364 other days to express our love in tangible ways. Expressions of love to our nearest and dearest but also expressions of Love whether in prayer, delight in God’s creation or care for those in need. And be open to how Love can teach you – every day.
Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed and joyous Christmas.
PS This is the last of my reflections in this form for the moment. When my plans come to fruition, I’ll let you know!
Thank you for this reflection Patrick. Indeed, Christmas can be a painful time for many people. So many images of “perfect” family and fun festivities surround us. What a cruel reminder of what is missing for those who are less fortunate. Think I’ll be wishing for peace on earth this Christmas.