By virtue of spending more than 30 years in Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Church I have garnered a nice following on social media. While there are times that my newsfeed is awash with vitriolic opinions that run the gamut of every political preference, social convention, spiritual philosophy and discipline — along with a wide variety of personal drama and trauma — there are also times when my social media feed blesses me beyond words.
With the birth of Jesus we celebrate so much. There is probably no other particular tradition more associated with Christmas than the giving and receiving of gifts.
Every year it is the same. January is welcomed with a lot of optimism for the year ahead. I think about all the plans and events that await me and I wonder about what will come during the year.