It's hard to believe that Christmas 2012 is upon us and 2013 is waiting just around the corner.
Here's my encouragement for today. I know that for some Christmas is not a time of joy and excitement. It can be stressful with seeing certain family members. I also know that for some of you, it's a time to be reminded of loss. And for others still, a time of lonliness. Can I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there - even just a little bit? Maybe visit a shut-in, help at a soup kitchen or make the effort and visit that person in your family that no one really likes. When we reach out beyond ourselves, something happens. Suddenly we forget ourselves and become aware of the needs of others. We receive so much more when we give.
I pray that you would be blessed this Christmas but also that you would be a blessing! Merry Christmas!