Living the angels’ message

In this weary world of ours, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the recurring bad news of terrorism, war, natural disasters, and suffering. The message of Christmas—peace on earth and goodwill toward men—has never been more relevant. And yet I know I sometimes feel my efforts are like a drop of water in the ocean of what needs to be done to truly make a difference.

I’m sure the shepherds felt a little out of their depth being given a message by a host of angels on Christmas night and wondered how they were supposed to spread that message “to all people.” They didn’t let that stop them, though: they spread the good news to others, who in turn spread it to others, and on it went.

Doing our part to bring peace on earth can work in much the same way. Changing the way we see others, being considerate to those who cross our paths, doing kind deeds when opportunities present themselves without expecting something in return. Sometimes it just takes a kind word from someone at the right time or a helping hand to make this a beautiful world for someone all over again.

This Christmas, let’s ask God to help us find ways to share happiness with others through His message of love, peace, and goodwill toward all.

From all of us at Activated, may God bless you and your loved ones with His love and a very merry Christmas!

Ronan Keane

Ronan Keane is the executive editor of the Activated magazine.