As we rapidly approach this Christmas, many I know have expressed a lack of enthusiasm for the coming holiday. Certainly, if Christmas is little more to you than the wrapping of presents, the exchange of gifts, or a big family meal, this feeling of letdown is understandable. With restrictions on travel and social gatherings, the upcoming celebration will be a toned down affair from prior years. Perhaps, we needed a reminder to help us refocus on the true meaning of Christmas – the arrival of hope, the fulfilling of a promise made long ago, a gift more precious than we are able to appreciate. In the midst of this horrible pandemic, as many are faced with financial crisis, personal loss, and diminished health, we all need a reminder that we also need to be grateful for what we still have, and accept the message of hope that comes to us from over 2000 years ago. Hope, like humor, permits us to focus upon and bear what is too terrible to be borne. As G.K. Chesterton pointed out, “Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.” Regardless of your individual circumstances, this is a time to reach out and embrace each other, encourage your fellow travelers on this tiny orb we call Earth, and pass on to the one nearest to you the light which hope brings to the darkness surrounding us all.
Merry Christmas from Medico Musings.