The best gifts come from the heart … not the store. (Sarah Dessen, American novelist)

Christmas is three weeks away. Have you done your shopping yet? Did the supply chain crunch this fall affect your planned giving? Perhaps it would be helpful to follow Dessen’s observation. Maybe you could write a note as a gift to encourage a friend or send a letter to express your love for a distant friend. Even if you’re giving a gift, attach a little warm and caring note.

Since you excel in so many ways . . . I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7)