This holiday season, we must realize that our Creator has indeed blessed us by giving us one another. We must strive to be our brother’s keeper and remind everyone that the greatest power we have is to touch and care for the human spirit. We sometimes forget this power and fail to share what we have with one another through word, prayer and deed. Sometimes this giving can take the form of a simple kind word on the street to brighten a stranger’s day or by serving Christmas Eve dinner at your local homeless shelter or nursing home.
Our actions also serve us in reverse. We realize that in the process of giving, we have received more than money can buy. When we give of our material wealth that we have spent so much energy acquiring, we realize that they are just things to be gained and given without worry that we have lost something of ourselves. We can replace a car or a house, but a human life is priceless.
In this life, we can only lose ourselves, and paradoxically so, when we try to gain the material things of this world. When will we wake up to the reality that all we truly possess and all we truly need is love and compassion for one another?