Oops! I seem to have forgotten that Christmas, a major celebration for many and a holiday season, too, has all but passed by for another year.
I hope everyone had opportunity to mark Christmas and enjoy a break from usual activities.
Christmas, especially for those of us who are Christians, can serve as a reminder that life’s beginnings and continuation are made difficult by those who have no room for the weak or those who wish to nurture them. Much of Western culture is, sadly, like this.
The one whose birth Christians recently celebrated was destined to do something ineffably great for mankind, but the “value” or ordinary lives should not depend on having a purpose, especially one so lofty as Christ’s. Our contribution stems from becoming more like the One who began life in great need and danger, and Who thus helped others to attain their potential for radically human nurturing, protection and love.
For those of us with disabilities, even holidays are a chance to confront the culture, which says ours are always lives of suffering, without fun. Going away, travelling, can also place us in new situations in which life’s possibilities are realised and boundaries stretched.
Who’s up for some white-water rafting? Parasailing, anyone? One aim of mine is to hop on one of those Segues pretty soon and give it a go.
Perhaps, like me, you’re already back at work and it seems the time for fun is mostly over. I wish one and all a fulfilling New Year, 2012.