It seems we just had time off for Christmas and now we are back to the routine of school and work again. Thankfully, we had a good break with time for family, friends, some fun, and time to rest and regroup.
I want to say Happy New Year. But I am not sure how happy it is for us or for many others. My son and I continue to try to adjust to life without my husband/his dad. We do still miss Kirk and always will. We are able to talk about him now with some laughter and not just tears. So that is really good. Blessings in the smallest things feel like victories.
In addition, people we know are suffering with illnesses, deaths of loved ones, invasive treatments, chronic health issues, and so much more. The pain is there and real and often hard to live with. Each day can be a challenge and a battle. Each day people may feel like giving up.
And, we have a serious conflict in the Middle East putting our military men and women at risk and other people as well, multiple earthquakes in Puerto Rico that suffered greatly from Hurricane Maria, airline crashes, and the fires across much of Australia. So there are big and bad things to contend with and a lot of pain.
With all of this bad in the world and happening around us, it is easy to get caught up in it and be overwhelmed with sadness and pain and worry. I must admit that I have some of that and imagine that many of us do. My prayer is that despite all of the bad, we can remember that there is still good in the world.
People want to help each other — with meals, prayer groups, sitting with loved ones, traveling to fight fires or give support in other ways, and making booties or pouches for animals in harms way. Also, babies are being born, people are being cured or at least finding ways to manage their illnesses, and comfort is being given.
Despite so much bad and evilness in the world, there is still good. For that I am truly thankful. “In spite of everything, I still feel that people are really good at heart,” said Anne Frank. If she can believe that, I think there is hope for the rest of us. After all, she endured terrible things that I cannot even imagine.
Another prayer is that we can come together to help one another, not just in times of crisis but at all times. Also, that we remember that people we disagree with are not the enemy but just think differently than we do. I hope and pray that we can once again learn from each other and be willing to listen, rather than jumping to conclusions or pre-judging one another.
Often life is full of the good and the bad. Some days it is easy to dwell on the dark or the bad, instead of remembering the light or the good. I pray that we can remember the positive things in our lives.
I pray that we don’t get so mired down in the negative that we cannot see any positives. I pray that when we are sad or mad, that we can feel that way and then know that it is okay to feel better. Maybe not always good but often the combination of good and bad is realistic for the situations that we are sometimes in.
May God bless you and yours. May we be there for each other. May we listen to each other. May we bear one another’s burdens. May we not belittle the suffering of others but instead be supportive. May we ask for help when we need it and know that doesn’t make us weak. May we not judge others. May we show compassion for others. And, may we always, always love.