Here is just a quick suggestion before Christmas Eve Services (if you attend):
If you are sitting in the warmth of the church (because you go there early to get a seat), and you notice 'that family' getting out of their car in the parking lot and walking into church late, yet again. Don't judge them. Welcome them into the warmth of the church and understand that the effort it took them to get there was enormous.
Maybe you see that teen walk into church in a sweatshirt and shorts... don't judge him because he is not dressed 'appropriately'. Welcome him in without the sideways glances. Try to imagine the enormity of the effort it probably took to get this kid out the door of his home and in through the doors at the church. Realize that the strength necessary to make that happen is more than you'll ever understand (if you're lucky).
Welcome every person into church who wants to walk through those doors. Even find it in your heart to welcome those who may not yet know how much they need God in their lives.
Merry Christmas and love to all!!
Cindy Gagne Teixeira
Just like you, I wear many hats. I'm a mom, a teacher, a friend, a daughter, a sister, and a writer. I choose to laugh (and talk... and write) about my problems because crying takes too much time.