Two of this season's precious blessings are awareness and appreciation. December's mindset elevates people's awareness of people. The awareness of human conditions dramatically increases. Caring for and about people becomes a primary concern.

Our awareness of the important roles that others serve in our lives rises. We realize how blessed we are because others touch our lives. Feelings of appreciation crumble the "crust" on our hearts, and the kindness of consideration rules.

This happens because our society focuses on God's blessing to us. The elevated awareness of God's gift to us deepens our appreciation of God. Rising appreciation for God deepens our appreciation for each other.

From our hearts, the staff at West-Ark wants the entire congregation to know that we appreciate you! Thank you for all the ways that you touch and bless us!

David Chadwell

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Bulletin Article, 20 December 1998

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