The past few weeks, blogs, Pinterest and FaceBook have been filled with images of the perfect Christmas.
Maybe those really do exist in some lives, but not necessarily in mine or those of many friends.
If there is an empty chair at your family dinner table this year, and you are missing someone special,
you have known the gift of love.
If the stockings and the tree are a little more bare than previous years,
you have known the gift of prosperity and security --
something many will never experience.
If you no longer hear the pitter patter of little feet
and grown children spend the holidays with in-laws and others,
you know the gift of sharing.
If you can see the twinkling lights, hear the glorious music, and smell the fresh pines,
you have the gift of life and health --
even if some days are easier than others.
If you believe that next year will be better and brighter,
you have the gifts of hope and faith.
Love, joy, peace, hope and faith
are the true gifts of the season.
I wish you these and so much more.
A very merry and blessed Christmas to all!