This piece was originally read aloud at the December 9, 2018 worship service by Ethel Hayden at the Calgary Community of Christ Congregation.
It has been transcribed for the purpose of publishing to this blog.
My life in the last two years living in Trinity Lodge is a new experience with over 200 residents and nearly 100 staff. Many different cultures and faiths, all being accepted and appreciated. In the middle of November, the Christmas decorations began to appear, spread throughout the foyer. Near the front entrance a beautiful manger scene complete with all the animals and people surrounding the Christ child. Three large Christmas trees all decorated differently, two tall nutcrackers, father Christmas, ten or more larger poinsettia plants, many garlands and lights.
On December 1st, a multi-cultural choir of 50 or more, a flutist and pianist, sang and played beautiful songs. On Thursday, December 6th, a women’s choir of 80, a 12 piece choir. Near the end of the performance they mingled with the residents, and we sang some of the usual Christmas carols together.
This month during our early morning chapel time of 20 minutes, we have different speakers giving thanks for the birth of the Christ child and his gifts of love, hope, peace, and joy. I recall being told there were three things we could do each day:
The Christmas story never grows old no matter how many times we hear it. It is exciting and brings purpose to our lives and many blessings. I have also attended four of the Chanukah candle lighting services this week and am happy to hear their stories.
I give thanks each day for my many blessings and trust his spirit to go with me and help me to make good decisions each day as we journey into a new year.
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