Fes­tive good­will

Pilbara News - - Opinion -

Christ­mas means dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

For some of us it is a great time to eat, drink and be merry. A time to re­lax, chill out, be with the fam­ily and re­cover from a hec­tic year.

For chil­dren, Christ­mas is the best time of the year, a time of presents, fun with fam­ily and hol­i­days.

For some it is a sad time, a time of lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion, made harder by the fact that ev­ery­one else is hav­ing mar­vel­lous, fam­ily time with loved ones.

For oth­ers it is sad and dif­fi­cult; a time try­ing to find some­thing to make Christ­mas spe­cial when there is just no money avail­able.

And for Chris­tians, it is the cel­e­bra­tion of the birth of Je­sus Christ who came to save the world from sin; a time of joy and hap­pi­ness, of peace on earth and good­will to all.

The life Je­sus lived is cer­tainly an ex­am­ple to us all. He preached love and for­give­ness and lived a life of sim­plic­ity, of poverty and hu­mil­ity. Yet, as a man he was strong, stood for the truth and de­voted him­self to the ser­vice of oth­ers. If there is one les­son to take out of Christ­mas, it is to try and be a lit­tle more like Je­sus.

What­ever type of Christ­mas we have, we are for­tu­nate in Aus­tralia to live in a land of plenty, with space, fresh air, and the free­dom to cel­e­brate how­ever we like.

Have a safe and peace­ful hol­i­day sea­son, best wishes to all. Peter Long City of Kar­ratha Mayor

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