Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a spirit of love. (Hamilton Wright Maybie, 19th-20th century American essayist)

In this final week before Christmas, many will be joyful and expectant, looking forward to being with family and friends and opening gifts. There is often a kind of spirit in the air that awakens feelings of affection and caring. We could wish that Maybie’s comment about the season with “a spirit of love” would continue throughout the entire year.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you. … A friend loves at all times (Proverbs 3:317:17).