Looking backward and forward

Crist Langelett
The Chaplain’s Corner

Thanksgiving is here and Christmas is coming. Now is the time to be thinking and planning for 2014. How has the year gone physically, emotionally and spiritually in our relationships? Are there changes that can be made to improve in one or more of these areas? Thanksgiving and Christmas can be times of over spending or over committing physically and emotionally. The results can be stressful with regrets.

The larger families may need to be more careful in their planning and commitments. For Thanksgiving three of our daughters are gathering with their families. They have children and grandchildren. Our single daughter has a variety of options.

Norma and I are joining one of these families for Thanksgiving dinner. We remember the times when we had 30 or more before we moved to senior housing.

Christmas shopping can be a hurdle. What do we buy and how much do we spend? The bigger the family, the greater the challenges. Every family has their own approach. We set guidelines for the children, grandchildren and the great-grandchildren. Gift certificates are ideal for some. They can buy what they want for less at the after Christmas sales.

Whatever we do, now is the time to do some planning. A list of “to dos”, how much to spend, how much time commitment and plenty of spiritual commitment are all important. We want January and every individual month after that to be a good month. It would certainly be nice if the year 2014 turns out to be a very good year.

For the 2013 club, Dec. 8 takes us to Daniel 12 and III John 1.

Planning for the future can be interesting and enjoyable.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the city of North St. Paul and the Washington County Jail. He is also a volunteer at the local food shelf.

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