They found Mary and Joseph and the baby, who was lying in the manger… And Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. –Luke 2: 16,19

Ever notice how truly quiet and still it gets when it is snowing—it’s like the blanket of snow wraps everything in it and brings stillness. I often think of how calming it is, how beautiful it is, and how warm it is to snuggle in a blanket in front of a fire watching the snow fall, or being in a forest with a gentle snow falling. Of course then my mind wanders to those traveling, to my kids driving in the snow, to me shoveling us out in the morning, to Heather and I anxiously waiting until everybody is also snug in a blanket off the roads. The world interferes. The comfort and stillness, the newness of the snow becomes worry and frustration and busy.

Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives. Everyone with me sends you greetings.  Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. -Titus 3: 14-15

My article this month is short. I was asked recently by a community person if we are active in helping the world or not. I said that we were and they asked me to prove it. I said I could tell stories, but they wanted numbers. So I will provide just a few numbers from this year and you provide the stories. And if, as this person suspected, we have no impact here or anywhere I suggest we heed the call of Paul to Titus in our scripture above. And if we do have an impact, let us not rest on our laurels but continue in the work of the Lord. These numbers are only ones I know of because they were reported to me or I was involved in giving the help. Through small things God makes big things happen!

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