White Christmas

The chances of Northwest Florida having a “white” Christmas is pretty slim. A few years ago, we had what I would call a “Florida white Christmas”–it hailed on Christmas Day. It was “white” precipitation. Nonetheless, my young kids bought it! Chances are we did not have snow and a reason to snuggle up by the fire and dress up like Eskimos this holiday season. But I wish we did for at least one day–one day of snowflakes–because snowflakes are traditional symbols of the holiday season. We long for them to fall in order to have a “white” Christmas; kids cut them out of paper to make symmetrical shapes; meteorologists use them to signify wintry conditions. The list could go on.

But my favorite thing about snowflakes is their uniqueness. Each one forms according to the environment around it–shaped by the humidity and temperature changes each one experiences as it falls to the ground. I like this picture because it reminds me of how each one of us is unique. We have different shapes, sizes, personalities, gifts, experiences, and on and on…each one of us was shaped uniquely as we journey along life’s path and face the changes in humidity and temperature around us, metaphorically speaking! Just as unique snowflakes bring a sense of new life to the droll landscape of winter, so too each person around us adds to our life that would be otherwise boring if everyone or everything was the same.

As a Chaplain with Covenant Hospice, I have the unique privilege of meeting people from all walks of life. I am privileged to journey with them as they are shaped by changing humidity and temperatures of life. From my perspective, my life is enhanced as each person touches me and melts.

So, as you approach the new year, don’t be dismayed you missed the White Christmas you were dreaming of. Enjoy the unique snowflakes falling in your life presently, and have yourself a merry, little Christmas now.

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8 Responses to “White Christmas”

  1. What a beautiful analogy! Thanks you for this thoughtful and beautifully written article, Curtis. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

  2. Thanks, Sandy

    Curtis Jetton

  3. This is beautiful Curtis. You are truly blessed and anointed by God. Its a pleasure to work with you. Friends, Frances CHPLN

  4. This is a beautiful way to look at the differences in each human being Curtis. I agree that we all bring our own uniqueness to every situation and when we all come together as in snowfall, we create something beautiful. The teams that make up Covenant Hospice do this every day through patient and family care and support services.

  5. Sally B. Holder, RN December 27, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Curtis, you have such an elegant way with words. We are so blessed to have a Chaplain of your caliber in our branch and in our organization. You set an example for each of us and reverence we would all like to have. God makes each snowflake different for a reason and His reasons are not always known to us. Who would have ever guessed, I would sitting in Niceville writing on this blog. I am so thankful that God brought me to the Niceville office, the staff here is wonderful and each unique like God’s snowflakes.

  6. Wendy Annette Smith December 27, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I admire your creative and thoughtful insight. Your words make an impact on so many. Thank you for sharing. Many blessings to you and those you love in the year ahead.

  7. Nice:) My heart resonated with your perspective “my life is enhanced as each person touches me and melts”. Wow…..

  8. Jeanne Easterling December 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Curtis,
    This is a lovely analogy. Thank you so much for the contributions of your beautiful character to Covenant Hospice.

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