A Gift of Love

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Christmas is almost here and family and friends are getting together. It’s a celebration of love all over the world. The gift to the world was a baby over 2,000 years ago and Christian faiths will bow their heads in holy worship to Jesus Christ, who came into the world to show us love. Others will pause to celebrate in their own private ways and different faiths knowing it’s a time to give and be more kind. The spirit of that gift of love is still felt today and alive centuries after for all.

Can you imagine how different the world was back then, when a man with his expectant wife traveled at night on foot and by donkey through narrow, dusty mountainous paths to get to the more populous town, Bethlehem? Government requirements were demanding, even back then. It didn’t matter that his wife was pregnant and they had to go far from home. He needed to find a safe place for his wife to give birth. Times became treacherous for them after and they had to flee for the safety of their newborn son.

We couldn’t be more worlds apart today than then and, yet, there’s much that is still the same. Still, there are those traveling on foot with their families to be safe and get to a better place. We all want to have what’s best for the ones we love, be warm, work, eat and enjoy our friends, family and watch our children grow as we get older. Not much on that has changed throughout time just the forms they come in.

Through all the commercialism and rushing around to get everything done, there’s magic and a different spirit at Christmas. I can feel it in the air and see it on the faces of people in the stores and streets. Of course, there’s more sparkle in the eyes of children as they burst with glee in anticipation of Santa.­

Christmas Tree Lights

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No matter what someone may be going through, I feel grace and compassion in the attempts to love and feel loved, when it’s hard. It’s there and especially strong at Christmas. People are helping people with love. It fills my heart with hope that it will always be there.

Merry Christmas to all of you and God Bless in the New Year!

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12 thoughts on “A Gift of Love

  1. Thanks Pat, that’s nice. I do think that we’re undergoing even stricter regulations now, and us older ones need to tell the younger ones that it wasn’t always so.
    Let’s hope the Spirit of Christmas continue through the year.
    Blessings to you.

    • I’ll join you, Enivea, in the hope that the Spirit of Christmas will prevail and continue on through the year and beyond. There’s so much we could pass along. Maybe we’ll get to do that more as time goes on. Thank you for the read and sharing your thoughts. Always means a lot. Love and hugs and many blessings to you and your family this Christmas holiday and the New Year. Love and hugs 💖

    • Hope you and your family have a special Christmas, too, Bob. Thank you for stopping by and spreading the love. You’re the best. Love and hugs from Jim and I. 💖

  2. Thank you so much, Pat, for this beautifully touching Christmas message!

    As you said, there is so much love in this world of ours, despite the illusions of darkness.

    Merry Christmas and a bright and a blessed 2019 to you and your loved ones!

    Love & hugs,

    • Thank you, John, and Merry Christmas to you and loved ones and a Happy New Year. I’m glad you enjoyed the read and the words meant something to you. I agree with you on love in the world and suppose that’s more of what we’ll experience when we put our attention on it. Love and hugs, my Wyoming friend. God bless.

  3. Christmas said and done with as I finally drop by for a visit, all in all I had a good Christmas, the day didn’t start out great but it improved and ended up pretty good. On Christmas Day we always raise a glass to Jesus the reason we are celebrating

    • Hi Joanne – happy you stopped by to share and glad you had a pretty good Christmas. Liked your decorations on the walls — looked festive and I liked that you raised your glass in remembrance to Jesus’ birthday in a toast. Lest we forget, for sure, in all the shuffle and distractions of the holiday. It’s sweet to remember the real reason we celebrate in love with family and friends. Have a Happy New Year down under, my friend. Hugs 💖

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