Merry Christmas!

We heard a phrase recently on one of those wonderful Hallmark channel Christmas movies that says it all: Hope is the air we breathe.

It’s Christmas Eve, and whether you believe in the true meaning of Christmas or not, whether your life is just all fine and dandy, or if you face what seem to be insurmountable challenges, we implore you to find peace.

At this Christmas — in a world that has seemingly become so indifferent and adversarial — it is our individual faith and the positive values we hold and practice that give us hope for a better and brighter tomorrow.

Remember, for many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow.

They don’t have the money to buy presents for their children, family, or friends, or their loved ones cannot come home for various reasons.

Special dinners and the joy of being with family and friends may be only a wish and not a reality.

So reflect on the true meaning of Christmas: That the greatest of kings, born in the most humble of places, was God … made into flesh.

Yes … count your blessings … and breathe.