Thankfully many of us are able to enjoy the blessings of warm home and food during these next few weeks. Often our hearts are turned to remembering all we have to be grateful for and thinking of others who may be in need. Sometimes the 'most wonderful' times of the year can also be the most challenging for different reasons.
Those who have much may be challenged with trying to figure out what to do with their abundance. Those who are alone and lonely may long for any type of companionship or friendship. Those who struggle, who have lost jobs or incomes may wonder how to 'celebrate' without abundance.
Having been in many of these situations over the past 10 yrs. as a single-parent, I know all-too-well some of the challenges that this time of year can present. I also know that I am much more aware of the struggles and heartaches of others because of what I have experienced myself. The thing that underlies all of our desires is a feeling of peace and love and harmony. This blessing is available to us all; the 'breath of heaven' if you wish. His love and life gave us all the opportunity to find comfort amidst trials, peace amongst trauma, and comfort amidst challenges. Without this hope many of us would not know what to do nor where to turn.
On several occassions I've sung these words
"Breath of Heaven, hold me together, be forever near me, Breath of Heaven.
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness, pour over me Your holiness for You are holy,
Breath of Heaven....
...But I offer all I am for the mercy of Your plan,
Help me be strong, help me."
(Breath of Heaven (Mary's song), Words and Music by Amy Grant and Chris Eaton)
My hope is the same as yours; to be filled with Christ's love and share that with those around me. And, when you and I are down, that someone else will reciprocate; the Breath of Heaven.