Happy Wednesday to you!
It is already the middle of the week! How are things going in your region of the earth? I hope things are going well for you. If not, I will continue to pray that things turn around for your best interest. As we near the holiday season, every one is testing out new recipes, purchasing new home decor, and planning parties. It truly is a festive time. With that said, let us not forget about the less fortunate among us.
I am not speaking solely for the stranger in this regard. Specifically, I am speaking for the less fortunate members of our own families, our own churches, and our own communities. We rally around each other a great deal via our online presence. Nevertheless, we do a great disservice to ourselves when we treat strangers better than the people who are closest to us.
Please take to heart the plight of your relatives and loved ones as if it was your own. Being compassionate calls for us to do as much as is in our power to help others. No more. No less. While you take time to donate to your local shelter or food bank, make sure that the people in your life are well-fed. Call a relative who is suffering who you have not spoken to in a long while. Be a listening ear for them. Be a tangible symbol of God’s love. Forgive that friend who hurt you deeply. Pray when you don’t have the ability or the opportunity to expend another resource.
And if you are the individual in your community, or family, who is in a place of lack (spiritually, emotionally, financially, etc), do not be afraid to reach out to someone this holiday season. If you have no one to talk to in your circle, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I may not have a great deal of resources, but I will provide a listening ear and a powerful prayer. This holiday season, let us make a powerful impact on the world by strengthening the people closest to us.