Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Just Love On Them

I love Thanksgiving.   I love the holidays.  I love this time of year.  I love spending time with the folks I love.

But, I also understand that many people dread this time of year for those very things.

I remember when my Papa died--my mom's dad.  I was around the age of 4 and we went to New York to spend time with my aunt and uncle who were stationed there to get away.  My grandfather's death was an unexpected tragedy, and I remember my mom saying, "Your grandma is going to cry and it's ok.  Don't ask her what's wrong.  You can give her a hug and tell her you love her."

Those words had a profound impact on my life.

"Don't ask her what's wrong.  You can give her a hug and tell her you love her."

This holiday season there are folks all around you who are hurting for various reasons:  death, end of relationships, loss of employment, rejection, disappointments.  

So, instead of asking them to restate the obvious about what's wrong, just love on them.  

Just love on them.  

Call them.  Text them.  Hug them.  Invite them to dinner.  Share a funny story with them.  Cry with them.  

Just love on them. 

We are so, so, so ridiculously blessed.  Even when our momentary woes seem overwhelming ("Oh no!  My prelit garland isn't working!"), there is always someone out there who has it worse than we do.  Remember that and remember them this holiday season. 

Just love on them. 

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