And we thought 2016 was tough! For many, 2017 was one of the hardest years of their lives. Natural disasters, tragic loss, so much pain and suffering. But, through it all, there was much opportunity to have a hopeful, helpful perspective. Through these difficult moments, we have found ways to serve, to give and to pray. Whether tragedy hits close to home or across the globe, it’s a prime opportunity to offer our time, talents and resources to the afflicted. My hope and prayer is that we would all be open to seeing tragedy with fresh eyes. Rather than sit back and ask “why,” see the circumstances as a chance to get involved, to support others and meet the needs of those who hurt. This world is not perfect. We will continue to see and experience pain. But as we enter 2018, let us be mindful of what we can do to help in the face of evil or suffering. If we endeavor to be other-centered, it will be a better year, no matter what comes our way. ❖
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