I find myself hesitating, trying to find the right words. Is the greeting “Merry Christmas” still appropriate, during such a grim year?
My inspiration comes from my granddaughter, as I watch her picking herself up from falling, and setting forth once more with hope and determination towards a target.
She falters, wobbles, but never loses hope. She’s going to make it across the room. Way across the room to a favourite toy, to the ornaments and lights on the Christmas tree, to the loving outstretched arms of her parents or grandparents — or to the sleeping dog (who may or may not spy her just in time to make his escape before she grasps his ear or tail).
She is a bundle of hope, faith and perseverance. And every time she gets up or steadies herself, she’s filled with joy.
Our world may not be a very merry place this year. But this Christmas season – this tough Christmas season — I wish you hope, faith, perseverance and joy.
May the words become actions and may the actions create reality for each of us.