How do you find meaning in the Holiday Season?
Thanks for reading along as I have reflected on the deeper meaning of this Holiday Season. I looked to the Advent Wreath as inspiration. It’s been a symbol for a new beginning in my home. But, sometimes I have lost touch with its deeper meaning. Each of the four candles represent the time leading up to Christmas. It calls us to focus on some of the most precious feelings – Hope, Faith, Joy, and Peace.
Today, Peace. This brought me to Paul’s story.
“Paul received an automobile from his brother as a Christmas present.
On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office, a street urchin was walking around the shiny new car, admiring it. “Is this your car, Mister?” he asked.
Paul nodded. “My brother gave it to me for Christmas.” The boy was astounded. “You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn’t cost you nothing? Boy, I wish…” He hesitated. Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish for. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels.
“I wish,” the boy went on, “that I could be a brother like that.”
Paul looked at the boy in astonishment, then impulsively he added, “Would you like to take a ride in my automobile?”
“Oh yes, I’d love that.”
After a short ride, the boy turned and with his eyes aglow, said, “Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?” Paul smiled a little. He thought he knew what the lad wanted. He wanted to show his neighbors that he could ride home in a big automobile. But Paul was wrong again.
“Will you stop where those two steps are?” the boy asked. He ran up the steps. Then in a little while Paul heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast. He was carrying his little crippled brother. He sat him down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car. “There she is, Buddy, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn’t cost him a cent. And someday I’m gonna give you one just like it…then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows that I’ve been trying to tell you about.”
A Heart that is pure and selfless.
Paul mistakenly assumes the lad wishes to own a car like his and be seen in it. As the adult Paul connects with superficiality. As a child, the boy is excited about becoming the kind of big brother who finds his purpose in helping his disabled brother to see beyond the confines of his life.
Why do I relate this story to Peace?
I believe this little boy holds Hope, Faith, Joy, and Love in his heart. He understands the true meaning of Christmas; that of giving and not receiving. To me that is a peaceful heart; one that no matter what life brings, touches another's. That is a Christmas gift. The gift of Love.
Look up. Find light. That is where you’ll find Hope.
Look within. Find love. That is where you’ll find Faith.
Look deeper. Find gratitude. That is where you’ll find Joy.
Look beyond. Find meaning. That is where you’ll find Peace.