In the cards
• I have been taking a look at all the Christmas cards that have popped through my letter box this Christmas and I am pleasantly surprised with them.
Some were Santas and reindeers, and beautiful houses sprinkled with snow, glitter and robins, and some were beautifully displayed with holly and mistletoe.
I also received many with the message of the joy and hope of Christmas. On some were: "May the blessings and joy of the Christmas season be with you throughout the coming year"; on others, "May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and yours."
We must be mindful that at this time of year, it can be very sad for some who have lost loved ones. It's not Christmas time, mistletoe and wine for them. It's not decorate the house with holly.
It's tough, it's rough, it's a numbness too unbearable to bear and all we can do is be with them in their time of sadness. It may take a long time before they can smile again, but in time they will come through slowly. If you know of someone who is beside themselves with grief, sadness or depression, give them a call. They may not even want you or may not even remember that you called, but at that moment you may give them a little peace, caring and understanding.
There is also the homeless sleeping rough and not wanting Christmas at all. They are hoping for the spring to come and to not be in the misery they are in today. There is the jobless with no money for Christmas and this Christmas is not like those that have gone before. They cannot get the children the presents they want, they cannot pay bills and all seems so hopeless.
Oh, the pain in the minds of all these people. Pain in the mind is the worst kind.
The joy of Christmas can only be lived in the joy of the saviour of the world being born. He is the one to pray to because we are only passing through in this life and all the partying, commercialism, the shopping will pass by. We all need something of a spiritual nature -- be it Jesus or whatever one believes in. Glory to God in the highest and peace on Earth to all. Christ the saviour is born.
Ms Terry Healy
Kill, Co Kildare