The gathering of family and friends at any time gives you the feeling of belonging and feeling loved.
When growing up, my family and friends visited during Thanksgiving and the Christmas season.
We always went to church on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus.
These seasons, especially, give us hope, peace, joy and love to help us know we have support throughout the coming year from family, friends and the love of God.
Prayer for Advent Hope (Joyce Rupp, O.S.M.): Gracious God, help us to look for hopeful ways the Divine Light is evident in our lives. Amen.
Pauline T., United Methodist Church of Santa Cruz