The hustle and bustle of preparation is over; the shopping, wrapping, baking, mall & grocery store parking, the chaos portion that accompanies every holiday.  Whew! We survived another year!  Can we pause for a moment and reflect on blessings?

Thankfully, the Advent season (and online shopping) helped to maintain peace and focus on the true reason for the season.

After leaving church late last evening, my tradition is to come home, snuggle in bed and watch The Christmas Story.  The softly falling snow (the only time snow is good by the way) added to the already serene atmosphere and provided a meditative backdrop to reflect on the messages of the evening.

Blessings!  At all three services I attended yesterday, this was the common theme. This anonymous poem was shared that is a wonderful reminder to each of us:

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean;

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;

Count on God instead of yourself.

Remember, especially when feeling low or in despair, everyone of us is a blessing!  We were created as a blessing to the world and we are each a blessing to someone else. Someone needs our gifts:  our smile, our talents, our joys, our compassion, our laughter, our ear or shoulder, our words, our inspiration, our kindness, our lessons.  We, also, need these blessings from others.  That is how humanity works—helping each other.

So today, whether spending time with family and friends or whether alone in body, know that we are never truly alone.  The love and friendship that blankets the world today covers you and wraps you in warmth if you simply let in in.

As we receive the Light, let’s turn around and be the light, love and blessings to others!

Merry Christmas!