Christmas 2015.

I went to the mall on Christmas eve day. I didn’t see John in all the people. I looked.

But I did find much to be grateful for during the day and the evening, in conversations with friends and family. Even in a conversation or two about the challenges people face around this day.

A friend of mine said that his Christmas is always rough. But, he said, “some people have reason to smile and that’s good.”

So for those of you who have reason to smile, that’s good. Smile well today.

For those of you who have reason to weep, I’m sorry. Weep well today.

And for those of you like me, who can get a little out of sorts just for the effect, let’s pick a side. As Paul said when writing to a group of people who faced the struggles of being human and following God, weep with those who weep, rejoice with those who rejoice. And long for the healing of all things.

I10269090_10153804588987008_7851802307482922493_o would say, “Christmas wishes from our family” but I have no idea what that means. But the people I’m most grateful to be a part of are grateful that you are part of us. Because we talk about you all the time.