Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The Last Day of 2013
Here we are, almost at the last sunset of 2013. As sunsets go, it'll just be another one come tomorrow. It's the humans who're conscious that it'll be the first sunset of 2014, heralding a new year.
Time moves on, implacably. Humans expire. We feel that keenly as the years march on. The fates treat each human differently. We've got faith to keep us going, and that must comfort us a little. We carry on, for the living, for other passions. And so we deal.
But what of those who have nothing to live for? Every day I breathe, I'm aware that this isn't the reality for many. Cloistered in our sheltered world, there's no guilt in being alive, and living well. But there's guilt in wastage. Each Christmas, I'm reminded of tangible wastage in the pile of gifts placed at the recycle bin. Don't people get it? We've surely lost the plot where gift-giving is concerned.
The thought of gift-giving is certainly sincere, but not the point of giving a gift for the sake of keeping up with appearances or for the sake of it. The recipient might not thank you for it. I certainly won't. What do I do with a whisk? Or a set of disposable baking tins? Can I really justify these gifts or do I want to? Especially when I told the givers outright that donating to charities in lieu of a gift would be much more appreciated. The point of a gift, is to remind us of Jesus' gift to mankind, of the eternal and the immaterial, and remember the meaning of Christmas. It's not about giving to keep up with appearances, neither is about buying favors.
I've got so much to be thankful for this 2013. For that, I kneel in quiet prayer, with a grateful heart. So yeah, gotta learn to curse less and find forbearance for so many things I've little patience for.