So it is Christmas eve already, and are we ready? Well close enough, the gifts are wrapped and the tree is up, the food is prepped and we have so dog cookies to put out for "Santa Paws "
So I guess we are as ready as we can be. Ready, and so very blessed . We will be surrounded by family and the comfort and safety of our home and love, not much more we could ask for is there?
Well there are one or two things I would ask if I may be so bold?
Let me tell you first about my encounter at the gas station today, I was in line with so many others when a native lady stepped ahead of me, she said "Oh I just went to grab my coffee" I have to admit to being mildly irritated that she stepped in but I thought Oh its Christmas , and smiled. She then turned to me and told me she was headed to Edmonton, because her adopted daughter had passed away last night in a car accident,and that she had also just recently lost a beloved Uncle.
As the words poured out of her I was dumbstruck! Such a lot of pain for this poor lady and her family. I uttered the usual heartfelt platitudes and tried to keep the tears out of my eyes, but really what words are enough?? All she was buying was a bag of chips and a coffee, but I finally said, just go , I've got this . She turned to me as though I had bought her the world and hugged me sobbing (those who know me know I never let anyone cry alone so you can imagine what I did, all the way home).
So what am I being so bold to ask?
If you have a mind to please pray for this lady (who's name I did not get) and all of the others who are struggling with loss, and fear, trying to get home,and for those who will not make it home again.
And also if you see someone who needs a little help, just a smile a nod or a helping hand , remember the reason for this season, and give them what you can.
I wrote this first poem today, after not writing for a long time after being so moved by this lady;
God bless the weary travellers
We know not where they're bound
How far they may have yet to go
Or what trials they have found
Offer a hand Or share in a smile
Something to carry them
Warm through the miles
Remember their journey Though not like your own
Is the same in the way We all long for our home
This second is one I wrote some time ago, but also a wish I pray for each year;
I will make a wish this Christmas Eve
For all to give and to receive
I promise I won't wish for very much
Just all creatures to have a loving touch
That joy and comfort and peace are shared
That shelter abounds and lives are spared
That family rejoice for loved ones come home
That no one is left afraid and alone
That no one is hungry, or out on the cold
I will wish for this, If I may be bold
It may not seem possible this gift to receive
But it can happen, I have to believe
For all to be loved, and kept warm and safe
This is what I wish, in continuing faith.
Wishing all a very Merry Christmas, wrapped in the love of family and the grace of God