Christmas is a time for family fun.  Cheerful gatherings create long-lasting memories.  There's a youthful excitement in the atmosphere, and everyone enjoys the pretty decorations:  lights, evergreen boughs, glitter, poinsettias, holly and snow!  Seeing a child's eyes light up over the toy they've been dreaming of is one of life's great pleasures.  Whether it's enjoying a delicious meal around the dinner table, building a snowman in the yard, or huddling around a warm fire with hot chocolate, the holidays are a time of great joy. 

But not for everyone.  The Christmas season can also be a time of sorrow, a time of depression.  The trials of life don't take a vacation during the holidays.  People still get cancer, addictions still destroy relationships and countless other maladies and mishaps mess up the mistletoe fun.  

My wish this Christmas is for my clients and friends to be on the lookout for people who struggle to put the "merry" in Christmas.  And I think we all know at least a few.  Let's reach out to these people and somehow brighten their lives by doing something simple, something practical, something that reminds them they're special.  Maybe it's a card, a phone call, a little gift, or a meal.  Whatever it is, I hope we'll just do it, and not stop doing it when Christmas ends.  

Jesus said that "he didn't come to be served, but to SERVE."  Let's follow His example.

Merry Christmas everyone!