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|December 25, 2018 – The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – Mass at Dawn
December 25, 2018 – The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – Mass at Dawn
Reflection by Gary Owens ’88
Like most people this morning, I sit wondering what happened to time. How did Christmas get here so quickly? Wasn’t it just Halloween? I wonder if there was more I could have done to prepare for today. I wonder if everyone is happy with how the day turned out, if they liked their gifts, if they feel loved. It is truly amazing how much stress encompasses this season. Yet when we take the time to breathe and take in our surroundings, we find that we have a lot of blessings. Perspective is always there to remind us how truly blessed we are. Yesterday was another reminder.
Today’s readings are essentially about a promise kept by God. Promises are difficult to keep, especially when circumstances get in the way of best intentions. For the last several years, I’ve worked to set up the Christmas store for the Wayside Christian folks. My kids have come with me, and it has been a valuable experience for all of us. For years, I’ve told my kids that we would go down and work the store on Christmas Eve morning. Yesterday, we finally fulfilled that promise. To say it was humbling would be an understatement. To see mothers and fathers coming in seeking a few gifts for their kids, to see the humility and love they felt, was all enough to bring tears to my eyes. Some of these folks have no income, no homes, no perceived hope. They were so grateful to be loved, even if only for a few minutes.
I am going to savor the moments I have with family and friends today. I’m going to soak up he smiles, the sighs, the laughter, the hugs, and the warmth. God has blessed me with people to love and who love me. I hope we all take the opportunity to do this today. Yesterday reminded me how blessed we truly are. I pray for the families at Wayside and for those who don’t have anyone to look out for them. May we all count our blessings today and in the coming New Year.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to appreciate the gifts we have in family and friends. Help us to be your hands for those in need.