My dear friend, Mary, writes eloquent letters to me in beautiful penmanship. In one of those keepsake letters, Mary wrote about the popular Johnny Mercer song from the 1940s, Accentuate the Positive. She reminded me to keep going, to remain hopeful.
Her words helped me to carry on during a challenging time in my life. It's not always easy to be hopeful or optimistic, especially when life dishes out painful, difficult moments.
It seems as if those times become magnified during the Christmas season when all is supposed to be “merry.” We all know those who are experiencing illness or are caring for a loved one. We know those who are suffering from the loss of a spouse or parent or child. We know those who are dealing with unwelcome work changes or carrying the burden of a financial crisis.
It’s during those heavy times when this season of Advent is even more important because it is the season of hope. As we approach the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, remember those who are experiencing their own longest nights. Lift them up with the wings of hope.
Today: Be a source of hope for someone.