The air was so crisp and cold, it almost took my breath away, and I was sure that the Valparaiso University chapel wouldn’t be as full on Christmas Eve as it usually was for Immanuel Lutheran Church’s beautiful service — a service filled with the love of God for all people with the reminder of the birth of a baby.
I was so wrong! The chapel was packed, and listening to and singing out so many Christmas songs is a special blessing to me.
Even those of you who might not think the message is “real,” I would think, have to enjoy the beauty of the music, which is also a gift.
Our little great-grandchildren — themselves a gift — were so excited as their Daddy kept checking on his iPad to see how close Santa Claus was to the United States, and especially to Indiana. Children certainly add to the joy of any holiday.
So I hope your Christmas was filled with joy, and that you felt the love of family, friends, or even strangers.
I actually wouldn’t mind if it would get a little warmer, though.
Now that the holiday’s are nearing completion, please don’t stop filling a bag now and then for the food pantry because hunger for families in need isn’t just going to disappear.
And our daughter, Carol, told me that I should ask you to please throw in a bag of dog or cat food once in a while because kids with pets, who are already having it tough because of the unexpected need of being needy, often have no way to keep them because there’s not enough money to feed their best friend.
But if the food pantry has some pet food to offer, you have helped a child find reason to smile. I honestly never gave that a thought before, but it sure makes sense. Sometimes that animal may be the only happiness for a child or family going through tough times.
In fact, Hebron Middle School students (who always are doing kind projects) brought in food for pets, and Carol delivered a car load to the food pantry, and said that people on line were thanking them and even sending blessings their way for thinking of their beloved pets.
Speaking of Hebron Middle School students, they seem to have an ongoing project all year, and at this time are raising dollars to give to the animal shelter, as well as the food pantry.
The neat part of all their caring is that it is all student driven, so I think of it as “Kids Kindness by Super Students.”
If any of you parents or teachers do similar things at your children’s school, I’d love to hear from you, as the 98 percent of “good students” aren’t usually the ones we read about. Just email me c/o firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think my New Year’s resolution will be to look at bills that must be paid with a little less grousing, and be thankful that we live where we can stay warm on frigid days.
Maybe it’s one I’ll really keep for a change. As you put away your decorations for another year, I hope you have a great day because you deserve it.
Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.