“I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.” – Carrie Fisher

What is Christmas to you and how will you adapt to maintain those values this year? This may be the year of all years, in regards to our creativity in how we connect with those we love. But I’m sure we can agree that it is well worth the effort, because it is the people in our lives that really matter, not the things.

Though they may be new to some of us, challenges in connecting are not a new thing. Think about the war times of the past when families were separated from a family member (or members) who were overseas serving our country (some of you may be feeling that now). Or how about those who hold careers that must be covered over the holiday, such as those in the medical field. You get my point. We do whatever we can to maintain those relationships over the Christmas season and make it a special time. In doing so, we are making memories that will last a lifetime.

What will this year look like? Will gifts be opened over video chat? Will we visit over the phone lines? Although not our preference, these necessary concessions do serve to keep us connected. As much as technology gets a bad rap, we have found it to be a good family bond this year, haven’t we?

Christmas is about story. The story. God sent his son in human form to be born in a humble manger in the little town of Bethlehem. This story never grows old.

We too are writing a new story as we traverse this landscape called 2020. May we be proactive and make positive memories for our children to tell their children. There is hope for brighter days ahead. Don’t give up and don’t be discouraged. Think about the family reunions that are in our near future. They will be grand!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – The words of Jesus from John 16:33 (NIV)

May you have a merry Christmas. Keep your hope alive. Keep the faith. And keep looking forward.

Rev. Randy L. Kightlinger
Hospice Chaplain