Saturday, December 24, 2016

Tidings of Comfort and Joy



I lost my Christmas spirit somewhere along the way this year. It was still missing until last evening. I'm not sure where or how or why I lost it.

It may have decided to disappear when it saw the nonsense that was our election last month.

Or maybe the bizarre juxtaposition of two news items --- one a picture of terrified residents of Aleppo fleeing with the caption "women and children being shot at point blank range," the other a smiling Princess Kate with the caption "Kate's festive Christmas dress," scared it into hiding. How, I wondered, could anyone give two hoots about festive Christmas dresses after seeing the first picture?

And then the grandkids arrived.

Us grownups have lots of advice for each other as we scurry about in our too-busy world.....

Be kind.

Do unto others...

Make eye contact.

Smile.

Look for the good in everyone.

Listen....really listen, without rushing or interrupting.

Show an interest......


But words are cheap and slide so easily off our tongues.

The real test is putting all that advice into our actions.

Gifts fly back and forth at Christmas. We worry that we can't find the perfect gift for someone. The Grinch sets up house in our heads. Not pointing fingers, I'm as bad as the worst.

But last night I saw an angel in action. He had no wings. He wasn't surrounded by heavenly light. No celestial robes. The teasing about his un-color co-ordinated shorts and T-shirt rolled right off  him. His hair was sticking up in the back.  But I saw this blue-eyed angel, with his wide open, generous heart give someone the best gift of all, the gift everyone longs for --- the gift of his interest, his acceptance, his ears, his love, the gift of  his undivided attention. The gift of his time.

 It restored my faith that peace is still possible for our hurting world, as is an end to poverty and hunger if we could all be a little bit more like that angel......

For all my friends and everyone who ever comes here to read, I wish you the same comfort and joy that I found this Christmas in the the blue eyes of an angel with a boyish grin and a generous heart.

13 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you.
I hope the confetti of kindness showers down on you all year.
9And what an incomprehensibly bizarre juxtapostion of news stories.)

gz said...

wishing for peace for us all. Well spoken

Marigold Jam said...

Beautiful! You are right and midst all the mayhem and horror that is our world we must remember that angels don't always have wings and halos. Let's all try to find the beauty and goodness that is there but sometimes hidden by the other "stuff". Best wishes for 2017 and keep your lovely thoughtful writings coming.

Colette said...

Lovely post. I am delighted to hear you were visited by this angel. I also like the quilt. Did you make it?

Molly Bon said...


Ec --- Thank you and I wish the same for you.

gz --- Wouldn't that be nice. It's exhausting to constantly here of new ways people invent to spew hatred....

Marigold --- I believe that goodness and beauty is all around us if we only open our eyes. Unfortunately the other stuff is noisier and more dramatic and sells more newspapers.

Colette --- Welcome! I think I've seen you a Sabine's?Yes, I did make the quilt. Bit of a rush job, not adequately quilted, made for a friend from shop-hop blocks....Are you a quilter too?

Colette said...

I have been a quilter at times. I'm hoping to get back into it. Seeing quilts like yours are certainly an inspiration to open up the sewing table.

Secret Agent Woman said...

There is, and always has been, great sorrow in the world. Wars, famine, disease, terrorists - maybe it makes no sense ever to celebrate. But I think we have to hold onto and appreciate what is good if we want to stay sane.

Molly Bon said...


SAG --- You are right of course. When can I have an appointment??

Pam said...

Awww. And the same to you. Happy New Year - let's hope for something better than 2016.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

We have to believe it'll be better even though it's a bit like believing in Tinkerbell .
May 2017 be a better New Year for each and everyone .

Ali Honey said...

Happy 2017 Molly. Wishing you many blessings, lots of fun and good health to enjoy it All.

Molly Bon said...


Pam, S&S, and Ali --- Wishing the same to all of you!

The Rogue One said...

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