The month of January brings a sense of hope as we look forward to beginning a new year. Resolutions and plans focused on wellness and self-improvement often focus on how we should make changes in our lives. Many times, we fail to include our spiritual health when we look at the improvements needed in our lives. I am often surprised by the gift of faith and how its presence in my life can uplift and support me during times of need. Keeping Christ and faith centered in our life throughout the everyday, uneventful, or normal times allows us to have a fresh perspective on its importance when things aren’t going the way we planned.
The unexpected loss of a beloved family member in December, right before Christmas, quickly brought into focus how faith can support and sustain us during times of grief. The impact of having funeral preparations abruptly pause the hectic holiday season was an unexpected gift. I found myself focused on the simple gifts in life- being with family and loved ones and celebrating a life well-lived, with Christ at the center. The support of God’s love and mercy is so evident during our times of grief. There was never a more perfect Christmas gift than the hope of eternal life that Jesus gave us first, at Christmas by simply being born, and second by His greatest, most selfless act of dying on the cross.
Having faith allows us to see that things will be better, and that God’s love will sustain us during our times of need. I pray that all will find and strengthen their faith in the upcoming year and that the gift of hope and love will shine upon all, especially those grieving, whose needs are greatest.
Kathleen G. McKiernan
Marketing and Communications Manager