December 12, 2020
Pandemic Reflections #8
"'Tis the season to be . . ." To be what? To be
jolly? Unfortunately many of us may find it to be almost
overwhelmingly challenging to find "jolly" amidst the pandemic this
Christmas season. For those of us who have lost loved ones to the
virus, or have others we care about laying in a hospital bed
without visitors or, worse yet, are laying in the emergency room
waiting for a hospital bed to become available, to step into the
traditional merriment of the season almost seems inappropriate if
not impossible. Many of us have friends and family who are serving
on the frontline of this battle, constantly at risk of contracting
the virus. The constant concern for these loved ones feels
How, you may ask, are we to preserve our family Christmas
traditions - to maintain some semblance of normalcy in an abnormal
environment? Maybe we are being called upon to save the
traditional Christmas experience for next year. This
year may require making some changes, changes that we may not feel
particularly fond of. Maybe we reconsider gathering in large groups
with family members and/or friends to celebrate this special season
of the year. Instead, what if we reached out to those we usually
gather with via a phone call, or Facetime, or a Zoom gathering?
What if we rewrote the lyrics to the song referenced above to
read "'Tis the season to be compassionate . . ."?
Compassionate to those we know who are struggling this year.
Struggling due to the death of a loved one, or struggling due to
the loss of a job. Compassionate to those who are residing in a
retirement or special care facility who are not allowed to have
physical visitors. What if we stopped a moment and remembered those
healthcare providers who are being pushed beyond belief to treat
those in dire need of medical help. We need compassion today
perhaps more than we ever have in our history. Let us not turn our
heads away from the fact that we are losing lives to COVID every
It has, indeed, been a very difficult year. We have all been
affected in one way or another. May we find a way to express some
form of compassion toward our fellow human beings this season of
giving through consideration, empathy, sympathy, and kindness.
Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts, for allowing us to
take this journey with you this year.
May you all have a very Merry Chris . . . a very
Compassionate Christmas, and a very Hopeful New