December 24, 2010
But if in your thought you must measure time into seasons, let each
season encircle all the other seasons, and let today embrace the past with remembrance and the future with
From The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
What if every "season" was like Christmas?
This time of year is so much different than any other. I do not need to go to far to see so many examples of individuals and groups giving to others. It might be time, it might be treasures, or it might be talent. They are not only giving, but - they are looking for those less fortunate to give to and that is good. During the past week, our Y brought a busload of active older adults to the annual San Diego Rotary Club Holiday Luncheon at the Sheraton Harbor Island Resort Hotel and another busload of nominated families in need of Christmas dinner groceries to the Chargers Defensive Lineman Giveaway.
On the Saturday before Christmas, our Y distributed gifts to thousands of children that were lined up at our locked gate at 6:00 am when I arrived. The event did not begin until 9:00 am. Every year, I pray we will have enough gifts to insure every child is served. This year, I prayed that the storm predicted to begin on Saturday would hold off until we concluded and my prayers were answered. When you look at the photo albums (Album 1, Album 2, Album 3, Album 4, Album 5, Album 6, Album 7, Album 8, and Album 9) it is pretty clear to me that very few were dressed for inclement weather.
If you have the time, take a moment to look at all of the pictures captured by Marianna Brunker (Patrick Henry High School), Tyree Griffith (http://www.empyrephotography.com/), Hewlett-Packard (Pictures with Santa), and Hannah Wilder (Episcopal Diocese of San Diego).
While I was editing and uploading each, I could not help but watch these little eyes watching. I loved the interaction between our volunteers and the children from the time they stepped in line until their picture with Santa. Lots of smiles (and a few tears) for all. I could not help but think what it would take to insure every child in these pictures graduated from college.
In my last message The Answer is Yes! I shared the story about the Marin Family that was involved in a terrible car accident. Denise Cooper and her family asked if they could once again adopt a family in need during the holidays and the timing seemed like divine intervention. Then, I received a call from another family that wanted to help. Tracy, Kaylee, and Conner Wilson the family of Officer Chris Wilson called to let me know they wanted to help this family after all the support their family received from our community. And, the San Diego Police officers from the Southeastern Area Command helped Santa make a special delivery to support them at this time. We are still looking for angels that might want to donate a bedroom set for the 8 year old twin boys and a mini-van or bigger to replace their car that was totaled in the accident.
On Christmas day Suzy, Jesse, and their five children will join our family for Christmas dinner. Maria and I have lived in San Diego since 1980. All of our relatives are back in Detroit and this Christmas our three oldest children will remain outside Philadelphia, and in New York City, and Boston. My wife is the oldest of ten and has always talked about doing something like this.
Imagine what the Christmas season would be like if everyone did something like this?
Rev. Dr. John E. Warren, Publisher of the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint wrote this week: "While we know that there are issues in the lives of all of us, we remember that we are all still blessed. We live in the richest land on earth, in spite of the poverty, illness and problems that many of us face. We invite you to remember that Jesus is the reason for this season, and that with our constitutional freedom of religion—comes the right to believe in Jesus Christ and the declaration made in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” May the Spirit of Christmas and the promise of peace and good will rest upon you, and may God richly bless you."
Imagine what every day would be like if everyone did something like this?