2020, what a year it has been! Do we call it tough? Well, I feel calling it tough or even harsh would be an understatement for the damage it has caused to the soul of this globe. The feelings of fright and distress when you see your loved ones struggle and suffer due to a minute virus are unimaginable. The casualties, the mourning, the sense of rebirth, the dilemma; everything came on us as a big chaos. What to keep and what to let go, what to feel and what to say, how to cry and how to smile, how to live and how to face the eternal rest; these are still interrogating our minds and making it more and more hollow and vaccumed.
It’s Christmas, still can’t believe it. I still can’t believe it will be soon a new year that will begin, just like it began this year. Who knew that the celebrations of last Christmas and New Year will take such a horrid face this year. Me, you and many like us out there are still alive and grateful for the Grace of the Almighty; but even when we understand the loss of someone’s beloved, we simply cannot feel their pain. We can wholeheartedly console them for their loss, but we can never bring their dear ones back. This is a reality check on how helpless we are and how mighty the miniature beast is.
We indeed have developed a feeling of hatred for this deadly virus, but at the same time, we have understood the values of kindness, belief, generosity and gratefulness. This past year has taught us a lesson of nurturing relationships; of caring and sharing; of giving and not expecting back; and above all, a lesson of thanking the Almighty for the life we are blessed with. Christmas this year isn’t a real Christmas it seems. Many will not have their beloved ones beside them, many are still hospitalized, many are working out there day in and day out to save every single life they can, many are generously helping in any way they can to bring back a smile; however, every single human alive is surely thinking that no matter how bad this year was, the coming year will surely be not like this one, surely a better one.
This piece of my writing is to convey my deepest condolences to those who have suffered a loss that is incomparable. For them, a festive occasion, especially this time of the year, is not the same as every year. My words won’t wipe away their tears and my virtual hugs won’t ever ease down their pain, but my heart goes out to them in the time of this sorrow. I want to tell them that the dark days seem like they will never end, but have faith that these dark clouds will fade and you’ll find a reason to cheer up.
Let us all celebrate this Christmas by lighting a candle in the memory of those who lost their lives this year. Let us all enjoy the true spirit of Christmas by taking a step forward and lending a hand to aide in cutting down the miseries. Though this year will mark itself in history, but let us make the end of this year a real memorable one by keeping alive love, humility and forgiveness. I thank Lord for bestowing this life on me and I am grateful that He has let me survive in the midst of the life-threatening atmosphere all around.
For those who are gone, your memories will always stay in the hearts of your loved ones. May you find peace and comfort in the arms of the Lord.
Rise and shine.