Our hearts should always be full of gratitude for the many blessings in our lives, especially during the Christmas season. With those blessings comes a responsibility to reach out to others. Many in the Walnut community suffer from the effects of illness or poverty. Others fight cruel addictions, cope with division in their families, or grieve the loss of a loved one. Christmastime reminds each of us that we are required to love our neighbor just as we love ourselves. By using our time and talents where they are needed most, we can help heal the sick, comfort those who suffer, and bring hope to those who despair. While we encourage each other to be merry, keep in mind the true source of happiness resides in good works and giving thanks. Let’s all make a concerted effort to become more diligent in overcoming three negative traits (doubt, despair and hate) with three positive ones (faith, hope, and love). Happy Christmas!