As I close out the meme for the time being, It seemed appropriate to post this picture of sunset in Texas. It's interesting to study the cloud formations and the separation in this photo from the apparent darkness on the left and the bright light on the right of the picture. Just thinking back to the Christmas holiday this last weekend, the photo depicts the view of the holidays from different perspectives.
A good friend lost her mother two days before Christmas. Another friend is observing the holidays for the first time without her husband, who died in June. I've met with some families who are nearly destitute without a place to live or enough to pay the rent and have children to support. Others may have loved ones serving in the military at war. And all over the world people struggle to live in the shadows of terrorism.
For those of us who can look at the holidays with joy and celebration, how blessed we are. And how much is required of us to offer ourselves to others, whether it be with money, with time, or just a personal touch or a note. Maybe with our help, next year will be better. I offer this quote:
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer
Blessings to each of you as you begin a new year in 2016.