With the Christmas Season fast approaching, many of us are thinking about decorations and presents, family gatherings and shared memories. We may even be planning to make an effort to attend one of the many special worship services available in neighboring churches and synagogues. It is, indeed, a special time for many people. It may be also very difficult time for the person who has recently lost family members or close friends. Instead of joining in the fun and festivities as they have in the past, they may choose to spend time alone as they deal with feelings of grief as they deal with their loss. A visit or a phone call from a friend may help them more than we thought possible. Don’t worry about what to say–just be a good listener. You may be surprised at the good results. BE A MERRY CHRISTMAS…don’t just say, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah”.