Penned in 1818, this is my all-time favorite Christmas carol. The Silent Night is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior and a time to stop and take stock of our blessings.
As a child, it was a time for presents- evidenced by gifts left by Santa. As an adult, it is a time for reflection and remembrance of those who have left us and a time to honor those who remain central to our lives.
Those of us touched by cancer or chronic disease have a different perspective on life; it is unavoidable.
We mourn friends we’ve lost along our journey and we welcome new friends who walk beside us. We can’t afford to overthink everything; we must trust in others to move forward and sustain hope.
Hope is central to survival.
Little gestures take on great meaning and seemingly random events become puzzle pieces which slowly mesh to reveal something far bigger and brighter for the future.
I am thankful for my friends, new and old and my family and for all the kind words shared throughout this year.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and many blessings in 2020!!