Blogger: Mary Keeley
Lately, I’ve noted a common thread standing out in whatever I pick up to read and even in casual conversations. This thread usually isn’t the main theme in any of these but more like a consistent whisper in my ear. Those in our blog community frequently share love and encouragement with each other and clearly you appreciate those gestures. I know I’m now being nudged to make special efforts to spread it beyond our borders during the Christmas holidays.
Added to feeling the usual stresses of the season, we’re a weary people after a tough political year and world events. Showing a little love can go a long way to reflect the Source of the greatest love and peace at Christmastime.
This week’s blog posts offer us ideas. Weren’t you lifted by Janet Grant’s blog, reminding us to allow ourselves permission to relax? Pass it along to an author friend. And by Wendy Lawton’s post suggesting we show love through secret giving? Who in your world could use this most? And Rachelle Gardner’s blog rallying you to believe in your goal of publication, or continued publication? Do you have an author friend who could really use this inspiration right now? You will also appreciate Rachel Kent’s post tomorrow about balancing work and family over the holidays. Don’t miss it. These resemble the kinds of love we can share with our families, friends, and strangers, too.
Here’s one simple suggestion to hopefully launch a list of ideas from all of you. A warm smile and Merry Christmas greeting could feel like a gift to the worn out sales clerks we encounter. Imagine dealing all day and/or night with cranky customers, tired and frustrated by the crowds of shoppers and unsuccessful gift searches. Not your dream job? Mine either, and I suspect it isn’t theirs at this time of year. A warm smile and jovial conversation could be the breath of fresh air that refreshes them until their shift ends.
I’ve been doing this since Black Friday, and to my surprise a checkout person in Walmart preempted me with the “Merry Christmas” greeting. A brave move in this ridiculously politically correct culture when many employers forbid it. I thanked her and wished her a blessed Christmas. We had a 5-second conversation while she worked at the register and agreed that Christmas is what this holiday is all about. I hope I warmed her heart as much as she did mine.
Now it’s your turn. What might God be nudging you to do to share his love during this holy season? What unexpected act of love have you experienced this year or in the past that has meant a lot to you?