So, Linus had it right years ago in “Charlie Brown Christmas”. He stood at the mic and recited the passage from Luke.
As I go through my first Christmas without either of my parents on good old planet Earth, I am in equal parts rejoicing and missing them. I hear music and think, “Papa loved this song.” I make recipes and remember Mom putting on an amazing spread on Christmas Eve after midnight Mass.
The joys. The pangs of separation.
Still, I will focus on the real reason for the season. Thank You, God for caring enough to make a way for us to get to You. Thank You that Your love is the greatest gift of all. I bow down.