‘Silent Night’ was my Grandmother’s favorite Christmas song. When I hear the words it brings back wonderful memories and a silent sadness feeling the loss of the loved ones in my life. The words, silent night instigate a mixture of thoughts and emotions. The night may be silent because it is filled with peace, hope, and quite solitude. It might be filled with silence because of loneliness, depression or even despair and hopelessness. This is the time of year that can intensify emotions and memories.
Many people are busy buying all that they can to make the season bright and wonderful. I do not believe that we can buy love or happiness. I do think that if you can afford to buy what you desire, it can give you a wonderful feeling to give to others and be able to share something special with someone that you love.
Love is or should be the important thing. There are so many people that are suffering hardship, misery, and pain. It would be wonderful if we could reach out and magically make all things bright and wonderful filling the world with peace and love. We have no such magic, but we do have magic of our own in each heart if we can find a way to bring it out.
If we take the time to care and share at this magic time of the year, we can make a difference. It may be with a relative that has been sick or seemed down hearted and we take the time to visit or bring a box of cookies. It could be helping a stranger. It could be a wonderfully magic time watching the smiling faces of children as they find their brightly wrapped packages under the tree. It could be sharing a few cans of food for the local food bank, a few coins or more if you could in the buckets as you hear the bells ring reminding you that this is the time of year you can make a difference. Maybe you bought an extra toy to donate to those less fortunate. You might let your own child take the toy in and feel a part of making the holiday special for someone less fortunate reminding them of how blessed and plentiful their own lives are and that we should never forget to reach out and help if we can.
Silent night may be a lonely night and a difficult time with sad memories. I hear a lot of two kinds of thought. You have those that are filled with the spirit of the season and smile with hope of peace and love and joy. You also hear those who find comfort in the Scrooge syndrome of “Bah, Humbug.” There does not seem to be a lot in between. I sometimes find myself to be a little of both.
I have bright and warm memories of Christmas but also stark and desperate memories that bring a lonely, sad and silent feeling. I hope that we can each and every one remember that there are those all around us that need the warmth of friendship and love or a helping hand at this most holy time of year. I wish for each and everyone to find peace and hope for a bright and fulfilling future allowing their silent night to be one of joy to be alive and peace knowing that we are not alone in this world. I believe that God is with us. May God bless and keep you each and every one and you have a very Merry Christmas filled with love and the joy that comes in sharing and reaching out to others. May this wonderful feeling fill your heart and stay with you through out the year and all of the years to come.
Linda J. Nance