Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

I worked for a small printing company in West Palm Beach during college. We became like family. The owner (84) ran the front office. Her daughter (62) set the type, and I ran the presses. Neither of their husbands returned from World War II. The daughter struggled with depression. She’d often say, “Life is tough, then you die.” To her credit, she recognized when she was feeling sorry for herself. She would go down to the nursing home and visit patients to encourage them. She told me, “It does me good to visit them. It lifts me from my depression. I encourage them. And when I see the condition they are in, I recognize, but for the grace of God, I could be there.”

Life is tough and can be discouraging. Let’s encourage each other and everyone we meet with the grace and love we have experienced in Christ Jesus. 

Dr. Sam