It’s Christmas Eve.

Salvation Army bells are ringing. Stores are still crowded with last-minute shoppers. Ovens are working overtime with baking goods. Families are reuniting again. And, most churches will be filled to capacity at midnight mass.

As a child, I loved this time of year because of the gifts. Who didn’t. The excitement, the anticipation of opening toys sent from Santa. Yes, we went to mass, sometimes at midnight, other times on Christmas morning. But, the whole mass-thing was just a formality. I never paid attention to the true meaning of this season.

Now that I am older, I realize more and more that the story of our Lord and Savior’s birth and what He came to do here on Earth supersedes any material gifts because He was our gift. 

But I know for others, Christmas time evokes painful memories and experiences.  Rather than a celebration, this day will be another silent night. Many are suffering. Many have lost their way. Many have lost loved ones. And, many have never had a relationship with God’s only Son.

To those who feel they are invisible, and to those with trials and burdens, I pray that on this day, your heart will be light and your burdens will be a little less. Your purpose in this life is not for nothing. You are loved, you are treasured, and you matter.

This post was inspired by this song…”Somewhere in Your Silent Night” by Casting Crowns. Take a listen here.

Blessings to you. Until next time…

Be well. Be safe. Be happy.