"Walking in the way and the love of the Lord"
Meanings of Christmas
"It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of God—the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not run from the secular; rather we try to transform it. It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized the Christmas tree. And we do this by being holy people—kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people—no matter how maddening is the Christmas rush…" ~ Fr. Andrew Greeley, Womans Day, Dec 1981
"Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today…" Hebrews 3:13
Challenge: Love People not things! Think of 5 people who are a blessing to you. Send these 5 people a note or a phone call and show your appreciation and love!
Friends hold a special place in our hearts, not just because of the good times we share but also for the bonds that are formed when we go through pain and adversity holding each other up. Whoever they are and wherever they are, thank them for their love and uplift them with appreciation and love. Step outside your comfort zone of friends, send a message to a person who touched you in a special way. Everyone needs encouragement, appreciation and love, be that friend, be that brother or sister in Christ. Appreciation is having admiration for others and communicating your approval to them! It's taking the time to make people feel special. You can do this by using the fruit of God's work in you to encourage and uplift others.
Let go of oneself, let go of pride and truly look deep inside and see the people God has placed in your life to help you. Let us be thankful for all these people. Without them we would not be where we are today. Remember yesterdays challenge, forgiveness? Forgive a friend and send a word of love. Let us remember to encourage each other and share this love with others.
"Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts." Alan Cohen
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen