Good Sunday morning, everyone! It’s here! Christmas is here on Wednesday. The celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Through this holiday season I have witnessed so much outpouring of generosity my heart is overflowing with gratitude. Many, many lives have been blessed this Christmas season.

This season can be so hectic and busy with all the decorating, cooking and shopping there is to do that we often forget why we are doing it in the first place. Sometimes, the very people we love get lost in the hustle and bustle of all our packed schedules. After all, why do so many people give of their time and shop for toys for kids they will never meet? Love!

I found a little something from this article in Crosswalk.com, December 2018 edition I wanted to share. My hope for all of you is that you will take the thrill and excitement of this Christmas season into the new year and keeping being the blessing that I have seen you to be in the last few weeks.

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family. I’m just a decorator.

If I slave in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family. I’m just a cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things.

Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

Give. Advocate. Volunteer. Live United.

Sherri M. Askren is president of United Way of Danville Area, Inc., 28 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832. Phone: 442-3512

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