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Once again the Christmas season is upon us and while we scurry around to get our last minute gifts and make sure the ham is cured and the pies baked, take time to remember all things that are good.
In the the late 80’s, Bill Murray starred in the movie Scrooged, a take on the classic Charles Dickens tale of A Christmas Carol. Towards the end of the movie, as he receives his awakening, he gives the following speech:
It’s Christmas Eve. It’s the one night when we all act a little nicer. We…we smile a little easier. We…we…share a little more. For a couple of hours we are the people we always hoped we would be. It’s really a miracle because it happens every Christmas Eve. And if you waste that miracle, you’re gonna burn for it. I know. You have to do something. You have to take a chance and get involved. There are people that don’t have enough to eat and who are cold. You can go and greet these people. Take an old blanket out to them or make a sandwich and say, “Here.” “I get it now.” And if you give, then it can happen, the miracle can happen to you. Not just the poor and hungry, Everybody’s gotta have this miracle! It can happen tonight for you all! If you believe in this pure thing, the miracle will happen and you’ll want it again tomorrow! You won’t say, “Christmas is once a year and it’s a fraud.” It’s not! It can happen every day! You’ve just got to want that feeling! You’ll want it every day! It can happen to you!
This miracle happens everyday in Eudora. You can see the miracle in various forms. It happens when you see Christine Zimmer at His Hands Clothing Closet and all the fine work she and her husband do to try to help people out by clothing them.
I see the miracle every weekend at church when the young children drop food in the collection baskets for the Food Pantries in Eudora and De Soto. That leads to all the fantastic work that the volunteers of the food pantries do to help feed everyone. To someone sitting there watching, it may be something insignificant, but to the people the pantries serve, it’s a miracle.
The miracle happens with various organizations in town. I happen to be privileged to work with two of them, The Knights of Columbus and The Independent Order of Oddfellows. Both of these groups spend time and money to make this town and their community better. There are countless other organizations that do great work as well like the CPA, The Lions Club and CLO’s Midnight Farm. There are many others too numerous to mention. All are just trying to do one thing: make the miracle happen every day.
Christmas has come to be about toys, gifts, Santa Claus and sports. Remember, it’s also about peace on earth and good will towards man. It’s about families getting together and sharing their love with one another. It’s about Christ our savior.
Make the miracle happen. You will want it every day of the year.
Did I forget something, big man? God bless us, every one.