We truly wish for a very joyous and peace-filled season for everyone. I realize that there are some tables this year that will have an empty seat--a painful reminder of the loss of a loved one in times past. (I know that I can personally empathize with that one.) I also realize that this time of year may bring about an emotional roller coaster as we deal with family members and their children. I also know that due to tough financial times, many of us feel inadequate in our ability to give gifts of love to others--perhaps feeling like there isn't much to give. But remember that underneath all of the mayhem, commercialization, hurt feelings, empty hearts, sparseness and chaos there is a very peaceful scene of a small babe sleeping peacefully in a manger. And in fact, that baby is the very reason by which we can have peace--even with the loss of a loved one, we can have love in our hearts for folks who may not be very love-able, and we can literally have joy--in knowing that there are many more gifts to unwrap that we have yet to see from Him.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from
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