A mix of Christmas and New Year wishes from Ruth, Dave and Terry

From Ruth Haesemeyer … The Honest Ruth:

My Christmas wish … In Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” (a true delight which I try to read each holiday season), there is a passage that always moves me to tears. The ghost of Jacob Marley, once Ebenezer Scrooge’s business partner, is lamenting his inability as a spirit to interfere with … in other words, to help … the living. He says, “At this time of the rolling year [Christmas] … I suffer most. Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode! Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me!” That is my wish for this season: That my eyes would be on that star; my heart full of the gladness of it and overflowing with love for others.

My New Year’s wish … This question crossed my mind as I held my 4-year-old daughter last night. She had woken up scared and, overtired, had fallen asleep crying in my arms. I studied the wonder of her … her beautiful face, so like my mama’s, her chubby hands, now the only remainder of the roly-poly baby she was. Like so many parents, I wish I could stop time in moments like this … I wish time would slow down. But since it can’t, I have another wish for this year. I wish for the wisdom to make myself stop in moments like this … to hold my babies tight while I can, to revel in their sweetness, to make the most of the time we are given together.

From Dave Lewis … The Colonel’s Classroom:

My Christmas wish … I’m hoping Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis will reconsider!

My New Year’s wish … Kliff Kingsbury has his most amazing year ever as the new offensive coordinator at USC.

From Terry Greenberg … I Got Here As Fast As I Could:

My Christmas wish … People who are estranged from family or friends … for whatever reason … are filled with the reason for the season and find a way to bridge that gap.

My New Year’s wish: Everyone on the planet practices the two greatest commandments … love God and love others. Think about that for a minute. If we truly love others as God calls us to there is no murder, no assault, no stealing … and we truly can have peace on earth. Love … it’s a choice.