It is the end of another year. One that has been eventful for all the wrong reasons on a global scale. As the world events continue to escalate year after year, Christmas becomes a time for reflection and prayer. No matter the culture or how the holidays are celebrated, all many people want is peace and happiness.
One of my favourite Christmas songs reminds us that the holiday season is about forgiveness, family and reflection. This version by Amy Grant is my favourite. and as I listen, I will reflect on the events that have gone by. Yet I will not dwell on the past. It is a reminder to us of what is important in our lives – family, friends, hope, peace and love.
“So here’s my Lifelong Wish
My Grown-Up Christmas List
Not For Myself
But for a World In Need”.
At the time these words were written it may not have been known how powerful this verse might become. Especially in the last few years and the world events that have unfolded literally one after another.
Why is world peace impossible? Is it really too hard for all people to accept each other and live together in harmony? Sadly, there is no easy answer.
Unfortunately, we cannot change the past or the actions of others. However, we can try to make the world a better place one step at a time. We can do this by controlling our own actions and behaviours. Positive behaviours are addictive, if one person does good then soon others will hopefully follow. It is only a small step in the grand scheme of things, but I believe that every little bit can make a difference.
So this holiday season, let’s all be thankful for the people we have in our lives and spend precious time together. One by one we will spread the holiday spirit.
I will always love this Christmas song because the lyrics are timeless in which they will continue to hold meaning for many years. And yes I really do hope for world peace someday…….
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