This morning I listened to my radio as I drove to work. My old car clunked down the road and, for a moment, I pictured myself driving the Jeep Grand Cherokee I wish I owned. But my radio works well and a plethora of Christmas songs blared from my speakers. As I neared my office, Andy Williams was crooning, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year….It’s the hap-happiest season of all.”
Those words made me pause, and before he could sing another line, I turned the radio off. I couldn’t help but think about all those for whom this is not the hap-happiest season of all, for those who are lonely, those who have serious or terminal illnesses, or worse yet, have children or parents with these illnesses.
It is most certainly not the most wonderful time of the year for those who have lost loved ones. For those for whom the holidays are nothing but a painful reminder that they are now alone, for those who don’t have the money and opportunity that most of us do. I thought of those who have lost their job, lost their way, lost their hope.
As I considered all these things, I became keenly aware of the true blessings in my life. I said a quick prayer for the less fortunate and thanked God for his provision in my life. Even though my car is a heap, even though I have a nasty head cold, even though the holiday stress is mounting and the to-do list is long…I am blessed beyond belief.
I hope that this Christmas season, you will pause and consider the blessings in your own life.