At Christmas, all roads lead home. ~Marjorie Holmes
Growing up my brother and I were raised on one hundred acres of perfect Sanger graze land, just north of Denton, Texas. At our house there was a majestic view from every window, but the house was completely surrounded by a a fence. It served its purpose in keeping the cattle away from the porch, yet it seemed to be the place I remained most of my childhood, staying within the fence.
Looking back it seems so strange that we had all that land, but we had to remain most of the time within the confines of those closed gates. For myself ,I could only call it a loss and go on, but for my brother Vaude it was different. He had more freedom at a younger age than I, but when he did get it, he went as fast as he could, like a canary that broke out of its cage. He always was a restless spirit, and peace was just not within this grasp then, and unlike the distance that seperates counties and states, I could not reach him for a very long time.
It wasn't until the last few years that his heart had settled down. We had not seen each other in over ten years, but he had called me several times, and our talks had become increasingly longer. I had invited him to stay many times at no avail, yet I never ventured out his way either. I kept imagining that when we were older, and retired that we would have lots of time to visit one another then, and maybe even live near each other. I knew that then we could make up for all the time we lost. Unfortunately, on Christmas day 2002, my brother died of a massive heart attack at the Elks Lodge in Denton. It is a day that has forever changed me. I had spent so much time being too busy to get away, that like a fence, I kept myself from going where I should have gone. I can't have that time back. I can only learn from it. I do not ever want to take anything or anyone for granted.
Christmas is a time of hope, celebration, and an opportunity to reach out to others, as God has to us. I want to take this time to reflect, and look forward, with the thankfulness I should have for all the wonderful people in my life. My plans with my brother may have been altered, but they were not completely changed, only the destination. For I know that we will meet again beyond the confines of this world.
God bless you all today, and always.