The blessings that come from reaching out to others cannot be overestimated. I learn this anew every year around Christmas. We usually have several dozen families who have lost a loved one during the year, either from AIDS, suicide, or some other tragedy. So over the years I have started around December 14 . . . and I set aside everything else and start telephoning the families who have experienced a loss.
Usually when I get them on the phone it takes a minute for them to connect me with the person who writes the books and sends them newsletters. Then they call another person to the phone, and soon every phone in the house has a family member talking. They appreciate that someone cared enough to remember their loss at holiday time. Their reaction proves the truth of that adage:
People don’t care how much you know.
They just need to know you care.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
From Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening © 2014 by Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission.