The Holiday season at Kirby Pines is hard to ignore. From the sixteen foot Christmas tree in the lobby to the decorations residents have placed on their doors, a walk around the community provides everyone with a smile and feeling of joyfulness.
Many, however, say that until you feel the spirit of Christmas – there is no Christmas. The decorations, musical events, and various edible treats are all here to enhance the Christmas season, but it is the true meaning of Christmas, that truly lifts our hearts. George Adams said that the birth of Jesus Christ stands as the most significant event in all history. Significant, because as George Adams said, “…the birth meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years… Underneath all the bulging bundles is the beating Christmas heart.”
Adams’ words make you stop to think about just how blessed we are. After all, we have ample food, a comfortable place to live and one another. Yet one’s heart cannot help but beat for many less fortunate Americans.
The hurricanes in early fall followed by the ravishing fires in California have left many fellow Americans without a place to call home and the uncertainty of where the next meal will come from. This Christmas, for many of them it will be a day of prayer and hope. A day in which to think of everything and everyone they love and have loved.
And so to you and those who have lost so much this year, on this Christmas lets all pray that they and we alike remember, “His light will lead the way.”
Executive Director, Kirby Pines