Be with those you love, even if apart
| December 24, 2020 12:00 AM
On this eve of Christmas, we would like to extend heartfelt condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one this year. Whether it was of covid-related causes or not, this has been an especially tough year to cope, and particularly to cope while grieving.
Those of us who have been unable to, or have had to postpone visitations, funerals or celebrations of life for our loved ones have struggled to find ways to share our sadness and our memories with family and friends, to console one another, and to find peace.
The holidays are all about being with the people you love. Although many of us won’t be with those we hold close this Christmas, we can still hold each other close in our hearts. And there are many ways we still can honor our loved ones, both living and passed, and to keep Christmas. We can look through old family photo albums or watch old family movies. We can call one another. We can offer intentions during prayer or meditation. We can keep our family traditions alive.
Even amid a pandemic, there are still snowmen to be built, sleds to be ridden, snowball fights to be waged and cookies to be dunked. And, of course, Santa will still be expecting his cookies and milk tonight.
We may not be able to open Christmas presents or have Christmas dinner together … unless it’s on Zoom or Google Meet, which, in and of itself, poses a challenge for plenty of us.
But truly, our greatest challenge this year — and our greatest achievement — will be keeping each other safe. Love can be expressed many ways … and this is one we need to guard carefully.
In the spirit of Christmas, let us all work for the common good and lay down our weapons. Our children’s future lies in the balance.
Believe that time heals. Believe your prayers will be answered, the world will still turn and things will get better.
In the meantime, we can open our hearts and rediscover the wonders of winter and the joy that is, and forever will be, Christmas.
May there be peace on earth and good will toward all.