As the Christmas holiday quickly approaches, I’m pretty confident the bulk of you are looking forward to a time of gratitude and a slower pace. Words cannot readily capture the stunning gift of love and grace that Jesus gives us by entering into our messy world and redeeming us. That gift we give thanks for again and again.

Interestingly, one of the best ways to honor the gift that Jesus is to us, is to become a better “gift” to others. One primary way to do that is to give ourselves the gift of taking great care of our hearts, as a heart that is receiving more love is able to give more love.

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“Through working with Cypress River, my skills as a leader have increased, and I have acquired a more fulfilling approach to life as a whole.” Mike Cauley, D.Min. President Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

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