“Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near. Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp. Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we. Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand.”
Good morning, friends! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! I hope the week for you is blessed and stress free.
Who better (no pun intended) than Dr. Seuss to give our quote to this week? As with most great literature some of the best lessons come hidden in the worst packages, and such is true with “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. That’s a much more compelling title than, “How Christmas Stole the Heart of the Grinch”. But isn’t that what really happened?
Perhaps it’s a lesson of maturity, or simple awareness, but I’m more attuned in later years to the centrality of relationships. Whether it is funerals attended by the masses positively impacted by the deceased, or faces beaming from pictures surrounded by loved ones, successful life is one that creates positive relationships.
We see that lesson played out in the story of the Grinch, perfected in the end when he, hand in hand, heart to heart, celebrates with every Who in Whoville. I pray your Christmas is celebrated hand in hand, heart to heart with many loved ones. If you have experienced a painful loss this year, know you are heart to heart with me. And if you have relationships that need mending, no better time than this one. I encourage you to celebrate not the bags and boxes, ribbons and bows, but the relationships in your life this year. And may you be blessed by them all.
In another great quote, “God bless us, every one!” And God bless you! Merry Christmas
P.S. I’m having some technological difficulties today. If I get them ironed out quickly you will get an Encouraging Word next Monday while I’m on vacation. If not, I’ll reach you again on Monday, January 5. And if that eventuates, happy new year, too!