12 Days of Christmas: 4
4 Calling Birds
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…connections. As Allie mentioned yesterday, the holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Years can be a lonely time for a lot of us, who might see couples and families growing closer together while we are feeling more alone. But just like Allie suggested, these feelings can drive us to a change in our perspectives. If you’re working on that perspective-shift, but you’re unsure of how to even start, I’d recommend taking a cue from James 1:27 — “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
At the time, James was referring to the lowest and most isolated people in his society. The widows and orphans of biblical times didn’t have the organized support that modern society has now — no social security or welfare, no nursing homes or orphanages or foster care systems. If anyone had no family, then he or she was defenseless and ignored by society. Today, even with the structures we have in place for our more isolated citizens, I think we can agree that it isn’t enough for everyone. We can probably all name someone who is not going to be visited by a family member, possibly even within our own families and social circles. Maybe there’s an aunt who won’t be able to travel to the Christmas dinner, or a co-worker whose home might be a bit quiet this season.
During these holidays, who can you think of that would benefit from a quick phone call or Christmas note? If you’ve been able to identify with a few of our posts this week, you might be looking for some ways to reset your perspective; if so, I’d challenge you to take a few minutes to dial a number, text a friend, or send a handwritten note. We never know just how that small of a check-in could brighten someone else’s day, especially if they’re feeling the seasonal blues as well.
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