Okay, I know that this is the Saturday of Christmas weekend, so I don’t expect more than two or three very lonely people to be reading this blog. Guess I could say almost anything, but instead I am going to thank those dear special people who have been writing comments and sending me messages. You wonderful people have helped me more than you will ever know. You keep me from feeling truly alone, and you do not let me descend into what John Bunyan called “The Slough of Despair” (from “Pilgrim’s Progress). As bad as I felt yesterday, some of you dedicated and caring and loving people lifted my spirits and changed the way the world looks. I cannot ever thank you enough. Here we are in summer with green everywhere and high temperatures with no signs anywhere that Christmas is anywhere near, yet you managed to put that Christmas spirit in my heart. I feel so much better today, far better than I thought I ever could feel. Who could have known that your love, compassion, and caring could make its way through the ether of the internet and touch the grieving heart of an old man continents and thousands of miles away? God bless you and may this Christmas bring you blessings aplenty and messages of how you are loved from those who care about you. You can put my name on that list because I do care and pray for so many of you by name that I’m sure God is wondering if I’m just reading through a phone book (remember those?). I can’t give you physical presents or even my physical presence, but I can give you parts of my heart sent over the airwaves and put into little pieces of code that translate into love that is kind.