This time of year is full of contrasts:
Darkness of Advent… light of Christmas
Excess of the celebration…inadequacy of resources to celebrate
Expressions of love and joy… desperation of depression and loneliness
Hope of the birth of a baby… fear of what will happen to all children
Special traditions… inability to build traditions
Expectations of gifts… despair of not having enough
Anticipation of time spent with family… anxiety of family dynamics
The contrasts affect us all. Some of us live more on one side of the other.
When we reach out across the contrast, all our lives are enriched.