All around me, I seem to be hearing a lot of people getting sick, not with seasonal flu or tummy bugs, but with heart attacks, bowel blockages, and other things that are extreme. Christine Keith and her son were murdered by her estranged spouse. Young babies are going for open heart surgery and little girls are having seizures. I know that this stuff goes on around us every day, but it certainly seems like there's a lot more of it going on now than usual.
I'm not sure if I'm just hyper attuned to problems at the moment, or if there is something significant occurring. In the end, it really doesn't matter. What matters is that we keep our eyes and ears open. We need to be willing to pray for others, not just in our own comfortable ways but in the ways that bring them comfort, too. Give of yourself, especially at this time of year. That might mean a $20 in the collection basket at church, your spare change in a Salvation Army bell ringer's bucket, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or taking in the neighborhood kids for an afternoon to give a break to all the parents out there. Whatever you do, however you do it, know that you're doing it right.
It's not a contest, after all. There's no prize at the end of the year if you give a certain amount. In order to "win" you simply have to do what you can. That's it. It's that simple. Give and do what you're able to.
May the blessings of the year's end be with you, and my the Divine touch your lives in just the right ways.