It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, December 08, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 8, Book 08

A Christmas Poem by Mary E. Linton

Somewhere across the winter world tonight
You will be hearing chimes that fill the air;
Christmas extends its all-enfolding light
Across the distance...something we can share.
You will be singing, just the same as I,
These familiar songs we know so well,
And you will see these same stars in your sky
And wish upon that brightest one that fell.
I shall remember you and trim my tree,
One shining star upon the topmost bough;
I will hang wreaths of faith that all may see -
-Tonight I glimpse beyond the hear and now.
And all the time that we must be apart
I keep a candle in my heart

In a season dedicated to hope and expectant longing, it is good to name the fact that for some of us, life is very difficult. For some of us this year we’ll be missing folks around our tables as we celebrate our Christmas feasts.
Some will be far away and not able to join in family gatherings, some are away serving in the military, some have died and some may just be separated by anger, resentment or mistakes that can’t be forgiven. You know that I have recently lost my little grandson, two years ago I lost my Mom and last year I lost my Dad. 16 years ago I lost my husband.

I am saying all this to you today as a reminder of how precious time is. There is never a good time to waste the precious moments of life that we’ve been given by words of anger, jealousy or gossip. I’ve been taught by a very good teacher (the One whose birthday is coming up) that we are to treasure each and every day.
Today is the day to tell those you love, that you love them. Today is the day to do what ever good you can do. Today is truly a gift. Take the gift and appreciate it for what it is.
One of my favorite inspirational books was written by Max Lucado and in that book he says:
When we find ourselves stuck in a painful situation, we can be tempted to think that we can't experience "relief." Sometimes tears just overwhelm us and we are reminded how close the pain is and how vulnerable we really are

Lessons learned are hard ones for sure. Dreams and plans may have been shattered. Some days you think you might never be the same. It’s true you won’t be the same person as before. Hopefully you’ll be a better one.


A prayer for meditating on the light of love,

every day of the year ...

Christmas lights shining bright

Remind us of the Birth of Christ.

Opening hearts wide to love

Lets brightened light

Shine from above.

This friends and family time of year

Reminds us each

Of what is dear.

That caring, sharing from our heart

Is true love's action

We impart.

With kindness uppermost in mind

Contentment, joy

We always find.

Lighting up our lives this way

Gives Christmas to us

Every day!

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:

the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.

Burton Hillis

‘On Ya’-ma


Donna. W said...

That's a good thought to remember: "Give every day a chance!"

Adirondackcountrygal said...

It will be a difficult holiday for you, but I'm glad you have the love of your family to sustain you and especially the love of the Lord.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps our trials are the
refining fire that turns the rock
into pure gold. We cannot control
some circumstance but we usually
can control our reactions to it.
I think sometimes it requires every
ounce of faith,hope and love that
we can muster, and sometimes we
have to just let go and let God
handle it for us. You are so wise.

Alice said...

Hi Pam. We need to keep that thought in mind at all times because life if such a fleeting thing. Enjoy your day :).....

Jeannette said...

It is sad when rifts cannot be healed but in some cases, it is the best thing. I have lost so many relatives at Christmas, it is always filled with a little sadness for me. I also wish I did not have to have the results of my diabetic tests before Christmas, things often tend to go wrong for me at this time of year, so until those are out of the way on the afternoon of the 16th, I cannot really relax and look forward to anything.

Kathy said...

You are so right. Life is too short to stay angry with loved ones. This is the perfect time of the year to make amends.
Bless you Pam,

Linda said...

Yes time is precious and life is to short to not get over things that have bothered us. Sometimes it is hard but we have to try. Linda

Jenny said...

A great thing to remember, give every day a chance.
Jenny <><

Jan said...

Beautiful words by Mary Linton ,and yes though we remember them always, Christmas brings our loved ones closer with memorys of Christmas's past Jan xx

betty said...

Max Lucado is one of my favorite authors too! I do like that phrase give every day a chance!! great advice to remember that life is short and precious and to be kind to those we love and our families; thanks Ma for all the work you do with these entries; always so inspirational