happy christmasSometimes I miss the lights of London during the holiday season. Seeing my children’s face light up as I return with “poppers” for them to open with a bang. More oft, I miss the gentle falling snows on a Christmas Eve, while sitting with my family, before the fire reading the Christmas Story.

Rather than submit to the season of things long lost and forgotten, I look to each of you to make your feelings known to those you love.

In reaching out, we miss many who were the greater part of our lives for so long – only to be lost in their world of what they perceive as growing up. We hear of faithfulness in Christ the Lord, yet fail to forgive others, and even ourselves. What then do we profess of our faith? What confirms in our hearts the worth of every living soul?

At Christmas, we think to help those in need. Sometimes not realizing the extent of our own needs. This Christmas, look inside. Be happy for your life. No matter the trials and tribulations you have faced. Be thankful that the Lord has provided for you a wealth of experiences. And remember, if we fail to forgive those we feel have wronged us – we are held to that same condemnation we reserve for them.

I have had two good friends pass this year. What I would give for one more day to let them know how much they meant to me. Perhaps they will hear my Christmas prayer – even now.

Bless their families. Bless those that are in need. Make me an instrument in your hand Lord. That I may cherish service to others in all I am called upon to do for others. And if I should lose my life before my journey is through, let me accomplish all that Thou would have me do before I am called home.

Thank you for reading my words. Thank you for being Instructors. My students. My friends. Thank you for being my children. Thank you for allowing me to express myself in times of trial… and triumph.

Merry Christmas ~ Happy Christmas ~ Happy Chanukah ~ Happy New Year

May all our futures be made brighter by the service we gladly give.

I leave with you these prayerful thoughts in the name of Him whose birth we celebrate, Christ the Lord. Amen.

Kirk Irving Koskella