Sunday, December 24, 2017
by Patrick Dorinson

Today is Christmas Eve.

Shoppers are scurrying about buying those last minute gifts and in the grocery stores they are filling their shopping carts with the bounty from farms and fields to prepare their Christmas feast.

Airports are crowded with holiday travelers and there are traffic jams on the highways as people head to the homes of relatives and friends to celebrate Christmas.

In homes all across America the smell of baking pies and Christmas cookies fills the air and the crackling of logs on the fire makes one fell warm and safe in the company of family.

And starting today America begins its unofficial week long holiday that spans the days between Christmas and next Sunday when we ring in the New Year.

Those that can will take time off from their jobs and for those that are still at work the pace will slow as not much business gets done during this last week of the year.

But life does not come to a complete standstill and for many this will just be another day.

The cows at a dairy don’t milk themselves and planes still need pilots to fly them and flight attendants to make us comfortable.

Truckers are still on the road in their 18-wheelers delivering their loads and waitresses at the truck stops are still there to give them a hot cup of coffee and a smile.

Someone on some military post will still pull guard duty as they must remain vigilant.

Police officers and firefighters will be there to protect us because criminals don’t take a holiday and fire is always a possibility.

In soup kitchens the poor and indigent need to be fed and the volunteers who give their time will be there to feed them.

While you go about your business over the next few days keep these people in your thoughts and prayers.

And now for your Cowboy Wisdom for the Week and it comes from Winston Churchill.

“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection”.

Rejoice in the coming of the Lord and reflect on His purpose for you as you go forth into the world.

And be sure to take some time for yourself to remember and reflect on all that has happened in your life over the past year both good and bad as you prepare to accept the challenges of the coming year.

As Tiny Tim said in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

“God bless us, everyone!”

Merry Christmas.