Don’t forget the families whose homes will have absent chairs this year, like the Danas of Moira, who lost four family members to a tragic accident this summer; the family of Staff Sgt. Dain T. Venne, who gave his life in Afghanistan that we may worship in freedom; people whose homes have burned or businesses have flooded; and a long list of others who have endured tragedy.
Even if you don’t know someone personally, please pray that peace would truly be a gift for the hurting this Christmas. Brighten someone’s day with a phone call or a note in a card.
May your hearts be happy with anticipation as Dec. 1 arrives and the countdown to Christmas Day begins.
One last thought, as always, please be kind to each other. The world needs more kindness.
Susan Tobias lives in Plattsburgh with her husband, Toby. She has been a Press-Republican newsroom employee since 1977. The Tobiases have six children, 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They enjoy traveling to Maine and Colorado, and in her spare time, Susan loves to research local history and genealogy. Reach her by email at: email@example.com