And of course there are the friends whom we haven't even laid eyes on yet, the ones we meet here in the communities of LJ and elsewhere. What an amazing element of modern life that we have elevated the art of penpals to cyber friends.
I personally celebrate the Birth of the Christ Child, Jesus of Nazareth. I also celebrate the whimsy and magic of a day where so many dreams arrive early in the morning for the children whose anticipation is finally rewarded.
But then, faith is like that. Our anticipation of whatever good we hope for is solidly perched on our shoulders, whispering to us that all things are possible to those who will simply believe.
I hope you have something to believe in today, that intangible that carries you forward and encourages you to be all that your heart has told you is possible to achieve, or to live. On Christmas, of all days, we must not lose hope; because this day is built entirely around hope, and the love that supports it.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church these words, used so often in marriage vows but intended as a blueprint for how we are to treat people always, and live our lives.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
My Christmas wish for you all is that you have love in your heart that is anchored by hope, and manifested in faith for the good that awaits you.