By Dr. Jay Trussler
We have all been guilty of becoming so self-absorbed in the holiday season, trying to remember if we’ve gotten a gift for everyone on our Christmas list, while at the same time hoping that we get that gift ourselves that we’ve been waiting all year on. As we all know, the best gift of all that we have ever received was the love of our heavenly Father, who sent his only begotten Son to die for our sins so that we may have everlasting life. I, like so many of you, humbly, graciously, and undeservingly accept that love and there is no better time than this holiday season than to pass along the gift of love.
The holiday season is full of so much cheer and joy, but unfortunately, for so many, it is a time of sadness and loneliness. I am typing this article just a few hours after spending several hours in an emergency room where I had the unfortunate duty of telling nurses and medics to stop CPR on one of my patients. He was also my friend. He was a father, a grandfather, a son, a brother, an uncle, a great man and so much more. I would ask that all of us take the time this Christmas Season to remember it is the first Christmas that so many families have an empty seat at the dinner table. I ask that you all think back on this year and try to remember those friends who have lost family. Pick up the phone, send a card, or just drive over to their house and tell them that you are thinking about them. Listen to their stories of their loved one. Let them know that you are still here for them. Let them know that God has always been there for them and always will be. May God Bless You All.