The final corner of the year approaches. This week-end is a big one; families gathering together, people without families finding each other and sharing time, building friendships, growing trust. An old friend of mine sent me this quote recently and I share it with you here.
"Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort
of feeling safe with a person;
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words
but to pour them all out, just as it is,
chaff and grain together,
knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keeping what is worth keeping, and then,
with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away."
I encourage you to take a little time, to sit quietly and think on those people whom you know who fit that description. If you have even two or three who are living, you are blessed beyond measure. Many have no one.
Hold them in your heart with gratitude and then, if you are able, contact them in some way so that they know how dear and important they are to you. It might be the gift that gives them the hope they need for the coming year. I feel this year will be a tough one for everyone. Your saying those words might be the thing that keeps someone from despair. One never knows. It's best not to wait too long. Things happen and regret is such a heavy load to bear.