A man was sitting at an empty bus stop trying to shield himself from the icy winter air. He watched as countless people walked by with bags and packages hanging from their arms as they rushed to the next store trying to buy everything on their lists. He could hear the buzzing of voices talking about the upcoming holiday party, or trying to figure out where visiting family could rest their heads at night. He listened as kids excitedly begged their parents for a visit to Santa.
He remembered those days. He remembered being a child and the excitement he felt on Christmas morning. He remembered picking out the perfect gift to give to his mother. He remembered the way the house smelled on Christmas day; the aroma of turkey, stuffing and other goodies that decorated the large table in the kitchen.
He doesn’t know exactly when or where things changed, but they did. And now here he sits, alone at an empty bus stop, reliving memories of Christmas through the people that quickly walk past him.
Ladies, I call us to be observant this holiday season. I know we all have things going on and lists to complete, but every day we walk past someone whose Christmas season is filled with only memories. Maybe it’s the homeless man you’ve passed a time or two; maybe it’s the elderly neighbor you occasionally see as you leave for work. Maybe it’s the woman ahead of you who is counting her pennies at the market, or maybe it’s a co-worker whom you’ve noticed is especially quiet during this time of year.
Our job is to spread the love of Christ every day of the year, but especially during the time of year dedicated to celebrating His birth.
Be observant, Sisters. Look around and you will be surprised to find that there are many people who are in need of Christ’s love, as well as a little bit of Christmas cheer. Help others believe in the miracle of Christmas!