Hugs and smiles?


My friend, may I ask you a question? As the Christmas season now rapidly approaches, wouldn’t it be great to believe more urgently in the power of smiles, hugs, kindness, truth, justice, peace, dreams, imagination, and making angels in the snow? Wouldn’t it be fitting to celebrate these as we remember the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.


When I was a kid I remember thinking that everyone was happy because, well, I was happy. I would walk down the street that I lived on and think only about the gravel that was held in place by the tar. How did they do that? I would spend my afternoons climbing trees and riding my bike. I didn't worry about time, bills or what I was going to do tomorrow. I did wonder what I was going to be when I grew up, but I didn't worry about it working out. Wouldn't it be great to live like that again; instead of my day consisting of computer crashes, paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, bills, my bad heart and all of the rest?

As the Christmas season now rapidly approaches, wouldn’t it be great to believe more urgently in the power of smiles, hugs, kindness, truth, justice, peace, dreams, imagination, and making angels in the snow? Wouldn’t it be fitting to celebrate these as we remember the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ? Instead of just wishing for things to be simpler, does God actually want you and I to live like 6-year olds?

A thought from Joseph J. Mazzella: "A friend of mine recently shared with me a story about her daughter. Her daughter, while mentally handicapped, has a soul that shines brighter than a thousand suns. She loves everyone and is never afraid to express her affection to others. Once when she was at church with her Mom it came time to give others the sign of peace. Now most people do this with a handshake or a gentle touch. This little Angel Child, however, wasn’t one to hold back on her love. She turned around and gave a sweet, elderly lady next to her a huge hug full of both energy and love. Later after church that same lady with tears in her eyes approached the girl's Mom and spoke to her. "My husband just died a week ago," she said. "I felt so alone that I was going to go home and take some pills to end my life today, but now thanks to your little girl, I believe that there still is love in this world." (Joseph J. Mazzella)

I’ve often felt that children are far closer to the angels than we adults are. They seem far more ready to share joy freely and to give love unconditionally to others. That's the way 6-year olds are. They seem to easily know how to celebrate life, laugh, smile, and embrace delight just as God meant for all of us to do. Our children can teach us so much about love. Our children can teach us so much about joy. Our children can teach us so much about life. Unfortunately, we often choose to ignore the lessons they give us every day. You and I need to learn from them, sharing more love and joy with others in our own lives and not being so afraid to love like a kid. God loves us and put us here to love each other. Sometimes we forget this, but thankfully God is patient and forgiving. He never fails to send us joyous angels and happy children to guide us back to love again. Maybe being so grown up isn't all what it's cracked up to be. Maybe?

We pray. Dear Heavenly Father. May there always be room in our hearts for divinity to find a birthing place. May we be holy as the angels were, faithful as the shepherds were, humble as the cattle were,
wise as the Wise Men were. May we have the compassion Mary had and the understanding Joseph had, and may the blessing of the Christ child be ours, not because of His birth-night long ago, but because His love is born in us today! May our smiles and hugs be the testimony of our Christmas longing. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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