Once again, Christmas has raced around. For most it is a time of joy and happiness. A time of festivities and decorations, laughter and good food. A time to be with family and loved ones.
Yet, we must not forget those who are alone or homeless this Christmas. For some of those people, this time of year can be extremely sad and painful time.
The most important thing to remember, is why we are celebrating at this time of year at all. It’s not the commercial feast that the secular world proclaims. It’s a time to remember the birth of Jesus. It should be a time to reflect on the past year, look at how we have lived our lives, and see if we can become better people.
The biggest gift we can give is our love and goodwill. There are things we can do every day to remember the forgotten people. Smile at people in the street, the assistant serving you in the shop or restaurant. Try to be cheerful. Pray for those people whom you know are hurting at this time of year. And never forget why we celebrate at this time of year.