Today, I saw robins in the hawthorn tree. I wish you could have seen them too. There were so many of them. I felt my heart leap at the sight of them, for there have been many times in these last few years when I've wondered where they'd all gone. They used to be a common bird when I was young, but in recent years, I would only occasionally see one or maybe two, now and then, and I felt sad at the thought of their loss. Today though, it looked as if the hawthorn had been decorated just for Christmas, with robins. I was glad that there were still some berries left for them. Although it was still daylight when they were visiting, it was just before the light begins to wane of an afternoon, and the moon was out. I could see it glowing against a clear sky through the branches of another tree, and the sight of it made me glad. Earlier in the day, at the very tippy top of a big old evergreen tree that I can see about half a block away from my living room window, I saw another robin. A lone one this time. I knew it was a robin because the sun was shining on its red breast, and it was glowing. The sight brought tears to my eyes. I felt it was a sign, you see, and I was glad. My son visited me today. He saw the robins too. He's been ill with that dreadful virus that has gone around, and had just come from the doctor. She put him on a second round of antibiotics, and had to give him a breathing treatment, and a steroid, cough medicine, and an inhaler, and still we were both glad, because he felt so much better after receiving just the breathing treatment. He stayed for dinner, and a movie with me and his dad, and we ate peppermint bark, and I felt so very glad for this time together.
Our lives are made up of moments, and if we are very lucky, the good moments will outnumber the bad. I wish all of you, so very many more, good moments within your days. I wish each of you happiness, and a heart that is hopeful, and light.
I wish you and those you love, a Christmas, merry and bright.
May comfort and joy attend thee.
in the spirit of peace,