For this Christmas Season
A short story:
A man lived his life as a “Good Man,” a father of 2 and a loving wife. They enjoyed life, they were a happy family. Years ago, it was the Christmas season and they all decided to see a play together as a family outing. On their way to the play, Mom, Dad, both Children, and His parents (the Children’s only Grandparents) were in a tragic car accident with the family’s minivan head on.
Tragically, all but the driver of the minivan passed away. The intense impact left the driver of the minivan paralyzed on his left side, unable to work again as a construction worker. Even though the accident was at no fault of anyone, it still happened. Time and life went on along with years of depression. Not only was he now paralyzed, he lost all of his remaining family. He no longer had a job, lost his house and now living on the streets. Years had passed and he was never able to get past the loss of his family. He could live with not being able to use half his body, but not each day without his wife and children. Suicide was a daily thought, never being to figure a foolproof way to do it. Each Christmas season it would be an even stronger feeling of the reminder of the loss of his true loves.
Now being forced to panhandle, the Christmas season had started and he yet again fell into a deeper depression. You see, while all the people were smiling and laughing going from store to store for their loved ones, he was sitting in his wheelchair with his cup on the ground overcome with thoughts of his past. He had no one, his interaction with people was only the few people that would stop and talk to him now and then.
One day during the Christmas season, a woman and her children did as they always do each Christmas season. They headed out to find someone to give some gifts to and invite over for Christmas dinner. They were going into a restaurant just as the man was working to get out the door after getting a much needed free and cup of coffee. The young daughter of the woman held the door open for the man as he left the restaurant. As they were in the restaurant the young girl had a look the entire time that she wanted to say something. Her mom finally asked “Sweetheart what is it”? “Mom, that man is the one we should help”. After insisting on leaving over and over again, even to the point of getting loud, they left and started the hunt for the man.
After asking several people if they have seen the man, they were told he was under a viaduct out of the weather. The family was unaware that the viaduct was also his home. The family finally reached the man who was sitting by a fire and asked if they could talk with him. He hesitantly went to talk to the family only because they reminded him of his own family.
The family gave the man some fruit, a gift card for coffee, and asked him he would like to come over for a Christmas dinner. Plans were set to meet at the same location on Christmas day. The man was in disbelief, he had not had a true family Christmas dinner in years since that life altering day years ago.
Christmas came and the man was ready and waiting for the family, the family was a little late and the man immediately felt deflated and instantly lost all hope that something good was about to happen in his life. A few short minuets went by, minuets that felt like a lifetime. A minivan pulled up, a window rolled down, and a man asked “are you ready for dinner?”
During the dinner, an instant bond was made. For the first time in a long time the man felt happiness and sadness all at the same time. It made him miss his family and yet happiness from the unconditional kindness from this family. At dinner stories from both the man and the family were exchanged. The father of the family asked how he ended up where he was. The story was told and the hearts were touched, the family will never look at life or their own family the same again.
So what’s the point of the story? Several, what’s Christmas all about to you? Don’t look at people from the tip of your nose. The blessing in your life can be stripped away in the blink of an eye. Enjoy life, and let the ones you love know it by your actions and telling them daily. Don’t allow a holiday to encourage you to help others.
Remember while all the storefronts have bell ringers, the stores are packed with Christmas trees, discounts, and Santa statues. People are shopping for their loved ones, running and running, spending and spending. This is all in the spirit of the “giving” season and looking to put smiles on the faces of the ones we love.
Christmas is a time for sharing love and giving for most. There are those that do not celebrate and only look at this time as troublesome due to all the additional traffic and people “getting in their way”. Some that celebrate Christmas, they do it as a means to get together with family and enjoy each other, play games and exchange gifts. Some that celebrate Christmas are truly celebrating. They are celebrating Christmas as a day to get together with family and loved ones, with a central focus of the Birth of Christ. Several tend to forget (myself included) that there are people potentially right next to us with nothing but pain throughout the year and more so during the holydays. What can you do to bring someone joy this year?
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
In other words, it’s easy to love the ones that love you, anyone can do it. If you’re a Christian what sets you apart from the rest of the world. Christ calls us to love our enemies, and pray for the ones that are persecuting you. This is what will set you apart from the rest of the world, not by your words but by your action. Living the Word is much more powerful than only speaking the Word.
The point of this is to make you ask yourself:
Am I living the Word?
What am I doing or can I do to help others?
Do I stop and count my Blessings one by one?
Am I so Heavenly bound I’m no earthly good, or am I so earthly bound I’m no Heavenly good?
What random act of kindness can I do to someone to brighten their day, their week, and their life!?
Remember, He knows you by name, He knows of every hair on your head, He Loves you enough to call you by name and give His only begotten Son to Live, Teach and give His life for you personally.
We do not need to wait to have a “News Year Resolution” to change something about ourselves. We can change here and now.
It does not matter if you are a Christian or not, If your Celebrate Christmas or not. I wish all that read this, a Blessed Christmas, A Blessed Year, a new beginning. If you are one filled with Joy and at a happy point in your life, remember someone may not be, and you have the power to brighten their life.
I leave you with this.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”
Merry Christmas, Let your light shine!
K. Chambers 12-22-13
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