(December 4) Will You Miss Christmas this Year?

We all know how thrilling the Christmas season can be! If only for a short time, it seems people lay aside their selfishness and look for ways to bless others. The holidays are a time to tell people that you love them and to make clear what we typically assume people know. The gatherings, office parties, dinners, and gift exchanges provide unique opportunities to enjoy this wonderful time of year.

We all are also too well acquainted with the possibility of missing the point of Christmas altogether. The frantic pace of Christmas in our culture can choke out our rest. The pressure to find "the perfect gift" or get the house decorated just so, can come at the cost of our sanity. When these things happen, Christmas still surely comes, but often we are too exhausted t