By Rosie Moore
For love and understanding? It behooves me to sadly see the hate and despair between people at especially this blessed time of the year, when we pause to celebrate Christ’s birthday. It is time to put away grudges and anger and think about forgetting slights that we feel were aimed at us and contemplate on love and forgiveness. If someone has caused you pain or unhappiness because of an indiscretion, go to that person and ask he/she what happened. Find out what the problem is and perhaps it can be fixed. Life is too short to carry a grudge and have a chip on your shoulder.
This time of the year is a time of giving gifts, as the Wise men brought gifts to baby Jesus. Give a gift of happiness to someone near and dear to you. Do not be like the unhappy and disillusioned young people of today who are protesting–almost everything. It is also a time to give to strangers or people we don’t see very often. Salvation Army gives to strangers. Welfare Missions give to strangers. The Wise Men were not too sure who Jesus was at that time, yet they still brought him gifts.
I read this in my little book today (Daily Psalms and Prayers):
“Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you have bestowed on me. Thank you for the love of my family and for the “extended family” of my circle of friends. Thank you or the work I do each day, whether I get paid for it or not. Thank you for laughter and music and creativity. Thank you for a world rich with wonder. Thank you for the opportunities you have given me to learn and grow, to care and communicate, and to share with others. I think back on all the “coincidences” that have brought me to the place where I am today, and, I’m grateful for your hand in them. Those boundary lines don’t just “fall” in pleasant places. You put them there. Thank you.”
This is my post-Thanksgiving prayer, along with the desire that mankind can forget the hate they feel and learn to love each other.
Thought for the day: Only by learning to love one another can our world be saved. Dora Russell, British author and feminist
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