Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. (Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States)

Yet, sometimes families and friends are separated because of past grievances or hurt feelings. Christmas is a time for giving love and mending damaged relationships. The big day is just two weeks away. That’s just enough time, perhaps, to repair those strained relationships that sometimes separate those who should be close at the holiday season.

Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace (2 Corinthians 13:11).