Here we are again approaching the holiday season with one exception this year…we have snow. You know that white, fluffy, sparkly and cold (brrrr!)… real cold stuff that transforms the season right before our eyes. This morning when I looked out the window, I was reminded again why I live in such a cold climate. The frost was breath-taking. The majestic landscape is such a marvel of creation. It doesn't matter how many times we see it, we just get swept away in its beauty. Except maybe when your car breaks down on one of those cold prairie roads! It doesn't only change our outside environment, it seems mankind becomes softer, more gentle, generous, optimistic and generally happier during this season. How can you not love this time of year when this is all part of it.
This past year we have had many blessings and good reasons to celebrate. Our new change to City status shows we are growing in all areas. Our community is full of promise and opportunity. That is something to be proud of.
However, we also need to remember the many community members who are struggling with health, loss, with finance and other areas of concern. It is fantastic to celebrate our gains, but let’s also support those with real struggles and needs. We see all the earthly turmoil in the news and we feel helpless to do anything about it. But wait a minute! There is something we can do for those facing turmoil right here in our own communities: Let’s wrap our arms of love and support around these families and show what communities like ours do when we see a need.
We don't want to lose sight of what really counts at the end of the day. Your people, our people, people young and old... they all count. Always!!!!
From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. Spread warmth to all of those around you and make this world a better place to live, not just in this festive season, but always.
On December 2nd our community hosted the Annual Carol Festival in support of the Warman Food Bank. It was a wonderful event filled with music, song, and scripture shared by talented individuals. The evening was also an opportunity for us to give and show support through a monetary collection taken for families feeling the pinch of not only the season, but of life.
If you missed the evening and would like to donate to these efforts, contact Pastor Randy Heide at 933-2365. If you have been blessed as so many of us have… please GIVE!
Enjoy this holiday season.
"As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person." - Paul Shane Spear