I am Somebody
“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” ~St. Teresa of Calcutta
Several years ago I visited a man in a nursing home. Life was difficult for him and he constantly complained because he had no visitors and felt lonely and neglected. He seemed to have every right to complain as he did, considering the circumstances under which he lived. I went to see him just before Christmas. There were Christmas cards on his wall and a poinsettia plant on the table and he told me that the night before carolers from a local church came by and sang Christmas carols for him. I asked him how he was doing and he said, “At Christmas time I am somebody.” A “nobody” is a “somebody” at Christmas. All of the things that surround the birth of Jesus are for you – hope, joy, peace, and love. In your ordinariness, right where you are, God comes to you. At Christmas time you are somebody.
“Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.” ~Dag Hammarskjold