Christmas comes and it goes if we are ready or not. Another one has become history. We might as well start planning next year because it will be here before we know it. After the holidays come to an end I really miss the Christmas music. I have never been able to sing, but I love to listen to the songs of Christmas. New songs have come along, but to me there is nothing more beautiful than "Silent Night" or "What Child Is This?"
I like most Christmas carols -- except "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" -- but "Silent Night" has always been my favorite.
Like so many others in this world, my Christmas holiday was shadowed by the loss of someone I loved. I lost a dear friend, Pat Davis. She will be missed by her family and friends, and her passing has left broken hearts. I was feeling sorry for myself and her family, thinking it is even harder because it was the week before Christmas. Someone at the visitation said to me, "She will have the best Christmas she has ever had." I had never thought about it that way. We will miss her, but she certainly left us with some wonderful memories.
She opened her home and gave me a baby shower 41 years ago when I was expecting my first child. She hosted a party on my 40th birthday, complete with black balloons and Over the Hill posters. I accompanied her on the piano for many years while she led the song service at our church. She sang at my daughter's wedding. The list of memories could go on. I hope she knew how much I appreciated her through the years.
I know there are many others out there who are going through the same type of heartaches, and when we can, we need to let them know we are thinking of them.
I really don't plan to make any New Year's Resolutions this year. I only hope it is a good year for our country. I want to learn to take one day at a time.
If I could just learn to turn loose of yesterday, not worry about tomorrow and just do the tasks of today, I am sure I would be much better, get more accomplished and probably have less gray hair.
We don't know what the future holds. It is probably a good thing we don't know about tomorrow, because we would waste all of today worrying about it.
I hope we all share a good New Year and see positive things happen in our country and communities in 2012.