Days Like This Keep Us Warm

December 27, 2007

Kellie and Lori- First Friends.

“Each night a child is born is a holy night.”

~Sophia Lyons Fahs

My son played drums during the Christmas Eve service at the Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church. The minister, Dennis Hamilton, always eloquent, spoke of the miracle of every child’s birth. Every child is born naked and needing us.

We are called to be our best selves each time a child is born. Now. And now. And now. Two hundred and forty seven babies are born each minute in this world, and two hundred and forty seven times per minute we are called upon to be responsible.

Of course we can’t care for each of the babies born all over the world, look over them personally and ensure that no one hurts them, that they get the food, shelter, clothing and love that they need. It’s simply not possible.

So, reach out to those who are close to you who need an advocate or a smile, whether they be children or someone else you can touch in some way. Elders. Animals. The homeless. The poor. Those imprisoned by criminal acts or mental disorders or developmental disabilities. The illiterate or those who are temporarily illiterate due to moving to a new country. The person whose color or religion or ethnicity keeps them outside the welcome of the community.

The lonely woman next door. The dog on the tether day after day in his back yard.

It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Sometimes simply speaking up is all it takes. A hand with the groceries. A letter to the editor. An offer to walk the dog, to teach him a few tricks, to make his life a little brighter and show his owner how things could be.

Or just a bowl of water. A simple bowl of clean water.

The song in which my son performed on Christmas Eve is called “Days Like This Keep Us Warm,” by Polyphonic Spree. A perfect song of renewal for the end of one year and the beginning of the next.

Remember that 4 new babies are born every second on this planet. Every moment we live is the chance to honor a holy birth.

Here’s to your generous celebrations in 2008.

Has someone done something special for you this year, that lifted your burden? Made life a little easier? Made you smile? I would love to hear about them and share them with the readers here.


Kellie Snider, MS

PS.  Who is that in the picture?  That’s me on the left and my very first friend, Lori, on the right.  We reunited in December 2007 after not seeing each other for more than 30 years.  Still friends!