While this is a wonderful time of the year for many, it's also a difficult time of the year for a significant number of people. For some, the celebratory nature of the season makes it even more difficult. Many have heavy hearts. Some are lonely, or have an empty seat at the table having lost a loved one. Others are displaced or homeless. Some are hungry, abandoned, neglected, and/or abused. As I celebrate the joy of the Christmas season, I want to be mindful that some feel pain and sadness right now. It might make a tremendous difference to someone to receive a call to say hello, a meal, a donation of money or gifts, a visit, or a card. Sponsoring dinner for a family, providing a coat, blanket, shoes, or socks to those less fortunate are also options I have to lighten another's load. One gesture, be it large or small, may make a tremendous difference to someone for whom it's a difficult time of the year.