My Christmas and New Year’s Message to My Patients and Friends

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Mother Teresa said, “It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you… every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.”


Never have those words been more true than for this holiday season.  The pandemic has devastated our lifestyles, our traditions, and our freedoms.  It has reversed one of the strongest economies our country has ever known, leaving millions out of work, and causing entrepreneurs to question their ability to overcome.  It has shattered families in so many ways, through illness and death, through financial harm, through depression, anxiety and stress.  It has accentuated hopeless over hopefulness, and replaced optimism with fear and worry.


In his music from the Broadway show “Mame,” Jerry Herman wrote: “I’ve grown a little leaner, grown a little colder, grown a little sadder, grown a little older, and I need a little angel sitting on my shoulder, I need a little Christmas now.”  


Yes, we all truly do. But that’s where Mother Teresa’s words really matter… because now that Christmas 2020 is technically behind us, it can still be Christmas every time we let God love others through us… through our positivity, our enthusiasm, our kindness and caring, our random acts of kindness, our generosity, our willingness to forgive, our gratefulness, our unconditional love.


As challenging as this year has been, the overwhelming majority of us have made it through this, and we know the dawn is near.  Let’s keep celebrating Christmas every day in 2021 and “Let God Love Others Through Us.”  Blessings for you all. 

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