photo by Kristin
Children are at the center of this season, the holy infant at its nexus and millions of dear ones in families. But there are places where the festive lights are dim or gone.
Photo by Meredith Kohut for the New York Times
Children in Venezuela are dying because they can not get infant formula or food. In the scene above a mother mourns her three month old, who died for lack of food in a modern nation.
Many of us will spend these days feasting, celebrating, enjoying home and family. Not everyone is so fortunate. I hope you will take a couple of minutes during the holidays to watch these very short videos. They will move and they will inspire you.
This first short is heart warming. I call it Newborns in a Basket
There is a beauty in the faces of children, a true gift this season. Listen to Liam Neesom as you watch.
Storms and fire have devastated the lives of US children this year. War and displacement is at historic levels and the greatest victims are the children. The baby who's birth Christians celebrate would later as a rabbi say one of the greatest offenses possible is to harm a child. Ignoring children in need does great harm. The singer Pink takes up their case-What about Us?
Children are indeed the center of this time, but that rabbi also reminded us about the downtrodden and heavy burdened.
Photo by Jae C. Hong, AP
Share your joy. Even a word or a smile can be a gift.
What about them? What about them all? Charles Dickens said it well when he had Tiny Tim close the Christmas Carol, "God bless us, everyone!"
See you down the trail.