What can I give Him,

Poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd

I would bring a lamb,

If I were a wise man

I would do my part,

Yet what I can I give Him,

Give my heart.

“In the Bleak Midwinter,” Christina Rosetti, 1872

Let’s face it: it’s been a tough year. Not quite what was expected. Disappointments, discouragement. Change, certainly. But against a dark background, light can shine all the brighter.

Let us end 2020 by sharing a glow of love. This is your chance to act more like Christ. In the remainder of this year, let us reach out every day to make peace, share a smile, think outside ourselves.

Where to start? One place to look for resources is the December 2020 Light The World Calendar printed with this column and found on comeuntochrist.org/light-the-world-2020. You’ll notice a variety of simple sharing activities, like the “Shop with Care” suggestion from Dec. 12, encouraging supporting a local business. Other suggestions like reading to a child or posting an inspirational story from your life are great holiday activities. Some ideas require a little planning ahead, like the virtual family hangout on Dec. 21. (And bonus: the “Sing and Serve” prompt on the 14 will be supported by a live Facebook event.) Peruse the recommendations and make a point to fit these into your holiday — they will help each day become more holy.

There are other ideas on the Light the World website, too: beautiful Christmas videos, ways to donate, and links to service opportunities in the local community thru JustServe.org. You can even sign up to receive texts with daily service ideas.

You may notice that the calendar only gives suggestions through Christmas, but you don’t have to stop there. Finish out 2020 with warmth and good will. Now is your chance to be creative or extend some of the particularly successful activities you tried earlier. Here are a few ideas you might try: snail mail a card to a child. (My friend mentioned that his child was so delighted at receiving a mailed birthday card that he carried it around for a couple of weeks!) Clear snow away for a friend (a great Alaskan gift!) Have a positive day: challenge yourself to say only optimistic things for a whole day (ban the negative!) Any more ideas? Post them in the comment section of the online version of this article — sharing good ideas is yet another way to light the world.

None of these ideas are big or difficult. But they could bring smiles, laughter, healing. As Edward Everett Halle reminds us, “I am only one. But I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.”

This midwinter doesn’t have to be bleak. What can you give? Give your heart.

Kristin Fry loves chocolatey grandchildren, crystalline trees and creches. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.



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