The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

December 20, 2012

I wish you a Merry Christmas

Northside News

RICHMOND — From the very bottom of my heart, I wish each and every one reading this column a very Merry Christmas and a blessed new year.

Now, having said what is in my heart, I will tell you how I found the true Christmas spirit a few days ago.

First, I asked my husband how one finds the genuine Christmas spirit, and he curtly replied, “I suppose you go to Walmart and buy it.”

I went to my bedroom and thought about his retort for a few minutes. I had been in this same situation before and remembered my dovetail resolution.

I reached for my Bible resting on the nightstand and turned to the first chapter of Matthew.

I read the first three chapters concerning the birth of our Lord and Savior.

Suddenly, I felt as if I was overflowing with the Christmas spirit.  

As you may have guessed, this woman is a staunch believer in God’s word.

I tell you my story because there just may be someone out there feeling empty and guilty for not having a heart full of the joy of the season.

If you are feeling void of the Christmas spirit, buying presents and rushing around planning your meals with an inconsequential mindset – stop – and find some personal time to read the Biblical account of Jesus’ birth. I promise you will experience some of the gladness of the good news of His coming to earth.

If you have lost a loved one during the year, it is normal to be sad.

Psychologists say you should pick out something you loved and admired about your missing family member and make it into a new tradition, in their memory.

The new tradition can be a connection of sorts, and something you can do for a correlation to celebrate your loved one.

Involve friends. Don’t shun people, even if you would rather drown in your grief.

Don’t think you are alone.   Christians pray for one another. You never know who may have your name before the throne of God.  

Merry Christmas to everyone, and I do hope all the church Christmas plays turn out beautifully.

The old adage for the week is “sink or swim.”  

Contact me with your special days and events at karenquinn@roadrunner.com or call me at 527-0411.

Merry Christmas and may God bless you and yours.

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