I'm trying to be patient, trying to be joyful.
I pray that I will be light to all.
I have told this little parable before, but this is a perfect time to repeat and remind myself of its wisdom.
There once was a great city that was divided by a wall. The people who lived on one side of the wall hated the people who lived on the other side. One night they banned together and decided that they would throw all of their garbage and every ugly thing they could find over the wall.
The next morning the recipients of the garbage banned together and formed a plan. That night they threw flowers and many beautiful things over the wall. Above the mound of beauty they posted a sign, "Each man gives what he has."
There will be a lot of unwrapping, and many trinkets and treasures will be given this Christmas. Oh, but the best gifts, my friend, cannot be purchased at the little gift store where I am working, nor at any other store in town. They are gifts of the heart. Gentle responses when we feel like anything but. Tender words, hugs, love.
Praying that you will find a heap of blessings on your side of the wall.