Toughest time of the year for battlers
WHAT a great idea it is to see the Adopt a Family for Christmas institution now in our communities.
Love and compassion are in short supply and many are suffering loneliness and financial hardship.
No time of the year is more challenging for families and singles alike than Christmas.
For some, separated from family and friends, or even friendless and alone, it can be crushing to see all the hype and excitement of the festive season.
Often, their hardship is not of their making.
This is a time to think of others outside our circle of family and friends.
We should consider those for whom Christmas is not at all a time to rejoice.
Domestic violence and suicides are exacerbated by such times of celebration.
Many non-custodial parents face a lonely Christmas, with a house divided and their children away.
Many more are struggling to pay the rent and the rising costs associated with daily living, without money for extras.
Welfare groups struggle to accommodate all the basic needs of many on their radar, while trying to give their clients at least a treat above the norm at this time.
Others give no thought for those outside their circles, sadly.
It is a trend with our modern society to be all about "me".
"No man is an island entire unto himself, we are all part of the continent." (John Donne).
There but for the grace of God go we.
Make a difference to someone in need this Christmas.
Many just need the company of compassionate hearts and hands.