Advent Day 12: Feeling a chill?
The holiday season can bring out the best in people – and the worst. Whether on purpose or by accident, sometimes loved ones say the wrong thing at the wrong time, and a chill descends upon the relationship.
Perhaps you are always the one who reaches out, extends the invitation, hosts the party. Maybe you always give the more expensive or thoughtful gift. Or, it could be that you set expectations that are above the realm of possibility, leading to routine disappointment.
Indeed, because of the heightened activity and stress of this season, nerves and patience are often frayed and snap. We might say or do things we wouldn’t ordinarily say or do – and we might be a cause, too, of the cold that can freeze friendships and other close ties.
Whatever the reasons for a chill in the air between family members, friends or co-workers, the blessings of our faith can bring the warmth that can lead to a thaw. Understanding, compassion, forgiveness, and a focus on the truly important things in our lives can melt away the chill caused by superficial slights, revealing the heart of the season, and of ourselves.
Blessings for the day,