Another thought - and the final one for the year - drawn from Henri Nouwen's Bread for the Journey. Nouwen emphasises the importance of reconciliation. We are so good at creating space, at seeing the distance. "So much of our energy, time, and money goes into maintaining distance from one another."
We need to get past that. As Nouwen says: "Just imagine all the people on the planet holding hands and forming one large circle of love."