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Advent 2016 Day 24

As we prepare for Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus, our lives can be very busy, not only with the holiday, but with our day-to-day lives.

One of the things I look forward to is spending some time with my family and friends. It is easy to get caught up in all we have, and how blessed we are that we tend to lose focus on others that are around us who may not be enjoying the time of year or are alone. Not only is it the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but also to remember there are others who may not have family close by with whom to celebrate the holidays.

We all need to remember to reach out to others who may be alone during this time. Whether it be a coworker, friend, neighbor or one of our DCC family members. Find someone to invite over for a meal, invite to Christmas Eve services, or just to spend time with and visit to see how they are doing. It is great to spend time with our own family, but just as important to love on others who may need it and not have family close by.

As I get older I find I get more out of giving to others versus getting caught up in all the commercial aspects of Christmas. After all, what is a better gift than spending time with someone who may be alone during this season, and give them the gift of love and time. If you are not able to be close to your family this Christmas, remember all of us are a big family in Christ’s eyes.

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Rick Nelson, elder