Christmas 2017 will mean many things to many people.
Not everyone in Australia will celebrate Christmas as a religious observation. It may be because it is not part of their religious beliefs or it may be, that they have no religious beliefs at all.
Yet it is a time of the year where we should all celebrate for it is a moment when we can reflect upon ourselves, our families and our relationships. We can reflect on our own journey and how we have connected with others and the wonderful moments this has created.
Fortunes come and go and for some of our fellow Australians their fortunes may be down. For some Christmas as a time of the year, brings about stress and sadness when they are reminded of what they have never had or may have had and lost.
This is a wonderful country, and sometimes we struggle to make it a country of equality and fairness when forces that seem unmovable, work against creating that equality and fairness.
There is much injustice and most of it we seem powerless to overcome. However, I am reminded of a quote from Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States. He said,
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.