So much gloom and doom in the news and in the world! Who wants to concentrate on a baby in a manger? Well, I do. All children everywhere, but in particular the tiny babe born of a virgin and hailed by all as the the one the world was waiting for, to save us all! I’m not a religious person, I just like to do good to all I meet, but the idea of all the parents bringing children into the world these days, and bringing them up to become good individuals is worthy of my contemplation. This year I have a new little granddaughter Charlotte and I’m feeling very blessed.
The beauty and loveliness of a tiny baby is not lost on many people in my world. The tiny fingers and toes and the helplessness of this miracle child fills our hearts with joy. We wish the best for the little boy or girl. We offer help to the parents. We pray for all good things for the wee one. We wish he or she had not been born into our troubled environment, with wars and diseases and environmental challenges. Many things are out of our hands, there is only so much we can do and that thinking only gets us so far. We help out trying to improve our world for the next generation, but we often fall short or feel helpless ourselves.
If we can stretch our thinking back to the world of Mary and Joseph, where a single mother was pregnant and was carrying such a special child. Joseph had to believe Mary, that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. She had been visited by an angel to be told she was the holy woman chosen to carry the son of God. This boggles our minds that anyone would believe all of this today, and imagine how difficult it must have been back over thousands of years ago. This child must have been so loved by His parents, just as our children give great purpose to our lives. A small child came to show the way to His Father, and to save us from our sins!
So when you look into the faces of your children and other children, try to see the beauty of that child. See the good in him or her. Who knows what this child will do in our world! Respect his/her rights and do your best for him/her. Try not to impress a child with material possessions, the nicest jewelry, the fanciest car, the snazziest dress or suit. Teach a child about the simple things, laughter and love. Provide secure families for our children. Inspire the child with acts of love and charity. Take the child to a homeless shelter and serve the men and women a simple lunch. Donate to animal shelters. Clean up your neighborhood. Recycle whenever possible. Visit seniors’ homes with gifts of music or baking. Children do not need tons of toys but they do need lots of love and guidance.
If you are not at all religious, think about the children in our world. How can we best do right by them? How can we use our skills to help build self esteem and self confidence? How can we grow them into empathic individuals? Think respect and responsibility. In whatever way we can, teach them to respect others, all races and colors and languages. Respect jobs people do. We have so many opportunities these days, but we need to teach the responsibilities that go along with our many advantages.
Just do your best! Merry Christmas to all of you!