When a grandparent looks into the loving, trusting, sparkling eyes of his/her grandchild, that is magic. When a parent feels great pride to be sharing a holiday meal in the home of their adult child, that is magic. When one cooks for a sweetheart and it actually turns out well, that is magic. Magic makes memories.
With Thanksgiving past and our waistlines a wee bit larger, it is full speed ahead into the Christmas season. There is one constant in the hustle of present purchasing and decor decorating. It is the magic of the Christmas story, the one told each and every year of the Christ child born in a manger.
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What would Christmas be like without the resounding, joyous hymns? Who does not love and know the words to “Silent Night?” “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” rings of “peace on Earth, good will to men”. Without the magic of the Christ child in our lives, the magic of His total love and life for us, how would life have evolved? No hymns of “We Three Kings of Orient Are” or “Angels We Have Heard on High” to tell the Christmas story. Would thievery, debauchery and constant combat be accepted norms? A disconsolate and harrowing thought!
One of the greatest gifts that we are given by Christ is that of forgiveness.
When you know you have been wronged (no magic here!) how does one arrive at forgiveness? Sometimes the hurt is so deep that forgiveness is improbable.
Perhaps the best that one can do is forgive but never place oneself back into a situation where the wrong can be repeated in other disguises. There is magic when the burden is lightened and the heart can grow gentle again.
When we read about the peacemakers of the Earth—Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Abraham Lincoln, and a multitude whose names will be remembered more in heaven than on Earth—perhaps yours, we can understand that the answer to injustice may not always be justice, but compassion.
Let the magic of Christmas imbue you with the spirit of love and compassion. As Christ said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” If you cannot hold someone on your shoulders or in your arms, the magic is, you can hold them in your heart and prayers during and beyond Christmas.
copyright © Ann Rains December, 2017