Happy New Year

As we celebrated the coming of JESUS on Christmas, we also may have been caught up in all the “activities” that are associated with this time of year.  In our busyness and preparation to take care of all the things that we do, we many times lose sight of the presence and presents that God intended for us to receive and enjoy.  The following is from my favorite daily devotional – The Daily Encourager:


I am flat broke from overspending at Christmas time.  But I need to go shopping again soon because I am completely out of self-respect.  I’ve said things I wish I could take back and I am not feeling too good about myself. 

I also want to exchange a carton of self-righteousness for an equal amount of humility.  I hear that it is less expensive and wears well; and while I’m at it, I’m going to check on tolerance and see if there is any available in my size.    

I must remember to try to match my patience with the little I have left.  My neighbor is loaded with it and it looks awfully good on her.  I was told the same department has a repair shop for mending integrity.  Mine has become frayed around the edges from too much compromising.  If I don’t get it refurbished soon, there won’t be any left.    

I almost forgot the most important thing of all—compassion.  If I see some – no matter what the color, size or shape – I’m going to stock up heavily regardless of the price.  I have run out of it so many times and I always feel ashamed when it happens.    

I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get around to shopping for these items.  They don’t cost nearly as much as some of the frivolous things I bought at Christmas time.  And I’ll get a lot more satisfaction from them.     Yes, I’m going shopping today and I can leave my checkbook and credit cards at home!  The things I’m looking for have no price-tags.  What a Joy!

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23a)

My wish for you is that as you unwrap your Gifts of the Spirit, you will have a Happy and Joyful 2019!

Carolyn Gray

Conference Delegate