My life has been very blessed, though I don't often take time to give God my thanks and praise. I am made more aware of this sometimes by hearing the stories of family and friends. We currently have a couple of friends that are going through serious struggles. It looks like they are going to make it through with faith and family intact. What surprises and shames me is that I talk to these people all the time and yet had no idea that they were in crisis.
How often do we all take for granted that everyone is OK? We talk about work, kids, sports, tv, all kinds of stuff that doesn't matter as much as the essentials - how is your faith? How is your prayer life? Is there anything I can do today to help you? Can I pray with you? Hug you? Cry with you?
I know for sure that sometimes I really wish people would cut through the polite chatter and ask me how I really am. My mission this week is to encourage those around me who are struggling, and reach out to people who are lonely.