The remainder of today, and all day tomorrow, will likely be very hectic. I can’t be sure that I’ll have a chance to pop on the computer and update my blog. So I wanted to take a moment now to say I hope each of you have a wonderful holiday, and a very merry Christmas.
The headlines over the last ten days or so have included many things that do not bring smiles to our faces. The tragedy in Connecticut, which I cannot even read about without crying; the tornado that touched down where I live, damaging homes and businesses right before Christmas; the sad stories in the newspaper about “the neediest families”, which will break your heart and make you want to clean out your savings account to make sure those kids have a spectacular day tomorrow.
But, as the old saying goes, there are two sides to every coin, and we should also think about the positive things that have been in the news. Amid the horrifying tales of unthinkable loss in Newtown, CT, there are also stories of incredibly brave teachers and support staff, as well as the surviving children themselves. Despite a pre-dawn tornado, that struck while most people were still asleep, there were no reports of fatalities or even serious injury. The storm’s path came within 100 yards of my office, and yet we never even lost power. That is pretty miraculous to me. And though we are aware of others who are much more unfortunate than we are, the rest of us have the privilege of giving so that others might receive. Especially at this time of year.
My wish is that each of you find a quiet moment to relax and enjoy the day. Hopefully you’re spending time connecting with friends or family. HOpefully Santa will bring you just what you wanted most, and may the coming year bring many blessings your way.