CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

December 25, 2011

Glimmers of Hope in This 2011 Christmas Season


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

GLIMMERS OF HOPE IN THIS 2011 CHRISTMAS SEASON

     Media screams of deadly international wars, bloody national uprisings, and brutal family incidents. Bombs explode, missing babies are found dead, mates mutilated. Talk shows receive plenty of fodder on the harm our leaders perpetrate on children, and don’t hesitate to feed this fodder to their viewers.

     Murder, mayhem, manipulation, misjustice, and mistrust.

     They’ve always existed.

     Will these behaviors ever cease?

     In the midst of the troubles perpetrated on one person by another, perpetrated by organizations on their clients, or perpetrated on citizens under the rule of powerful  governments glimmers of light shine through. Three of these glimmerings uplift this year’s Christmas season.

SECRET SANTAS, ANGELS, OR GOD’S HANDS…???

     The local newspaper blared headlines of drama and trauma throughout the first section of the newspaper one recent December day. Another story, a story of a different type, was tucked on the back page

     Compassion was perpetrated at a K-Mart store in Michigan by a woman who paid about $500 toward three layaway accounts of people she didn’t know. As word of her good deed made its way into the news other K-Mart shoppers followed suit.*

     Little did this woman know that her actions would start a trend. You might say those who aped her behavior became copy cats. All it took was someone to show people in Missouri, Massachusetts, Indiana, California, Illinois and perhaps other states, a path to compassion.  

     The woman’s identity is inconsequential. Her perpetration of compassion was accomplished anonymously. Hats off to one trail-blazing woman!

ORGAN DONOR, BELIEVED TO BE DEAD, EMERGES FROM A COMA

     On October 19, 2011, a young Arizona college student, Sam Schmid, was critically wounded in a five-car accident in Tucson, Arizona.  He was so critically wounded that the hospital couldn’t treat his brain injuries. He was airlifted to Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Phoenix, where specialists performed surgery for a life-threatening aneurysm and placed him under an induced coma.  In spite of the surgery,it was “reasonable” to consider withdrawing the twenty-one year old from life support.  

     Even though Schmid didn’t respond his doctor kept him on life support, perhaps longer than he deemed necessary. His family considered donating his organs, although Schmid had never explicitly stated this desire.

     Seven days—The miracle, to put it bluntly, was that in a matter of seven days, we went from organ donation to rehab, his brother John.

     Although Schmid is in a wheelchair, his speech is clear and he sounds upbeat.

SEVEN YEARS AFTER A TSUNAMI A MERI FINDS HER PARENTS

     The number seven also occurs in my third story.

     Seven years ago Aceh, an Indian province, was the epicenter of a 9.1 earthquake.  A young girl, Meri, and her sister, were put into a boat. Meri remembers that they became separated.

     Meri’s  parents had long ago given up hope, believing she had been washed away in the water, that she had died in the huge rolling wave. The family presumes Meri’s sister is dead.

     The family’s belief that Meri didn’t survive was realistic. On December 26, 2004, that tsunami killed 230,000 people. Tens of thousands of bodies washed out to sea in Aceh alone.

           After the sisters were separated Meri recalls being surrounded by water and crying. Somehow she was adopted by a woman who renamed her Wati. She was forced to beg in the streets until one o’clock in the morning, and was occasionally beaten. When Meri stopped bringing in money she was told to leave, to go find her parents, who lived in Meulaboh, a town in Aceh.

     Seven years after the tsunami she tracked down her parents.

     Her mother doesn’t need any proof that Wati is her daughter Meri. She has her father’s face, a scar over her eye, and a mole on her hip.

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     It’s the hope, the love, of these miracles that we need to focus on this Christmas season.  These miracles and the birth of a baby boy named Jesus, whose life would change the world. He, too, was and remains a glimmer of hope in our embattled world.

     The Christmas season lasts twelve days, ending January 6. Might I suggest that on each day you take a small action to provide a glimmer of hope to someone who needs it—a neighbor, a friend, a stranger? Often all it takes is a smile, a hug, a visit, to let someone know that their life is meaningful to you.  Do it with no expectation of a return.    

     Let me know the results in the comment box below.

     May you be blessed with a joyous Christmas and a joy filled New Year.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

Christmas Memories

How to Count the Gifts Given in the Twelve Days of Christmas

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: 2008 STYLE

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

Playing Santa’s Elf on My Birthday

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