Editor's Musings

Editor's Musings

Opening thoughts from the editor's desk.

Sharon Cress is editor of the Journal.

All of us are busy. Most of us barely manage to keep up with the daily grind of our work responsibilities and when unexpected emergencies arise—whether it is the washing machine breaking down or a major medical crisis—we go into overdrive trying to manage more. Just when we think we can't squeeze in another thing, the holiday's arrive.

I love Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Ideally, they are special days that are supposed to bring families closer together. In my fantasy mind there are pictures of relaxed family fellowship, good home-made food, and expressions of love and appreciation to those we care about. This is all framed in drifting white snow viewed from a chair by my warm fireplace. In my reality mind I know this season means hours of cooking and washing dishes, hectic trips to find appropriate gifts, and shoveling snow from the driveway while my feet freeze.

As we prepare for the holidays, we all need a little mini-retreat from the hustle-bustle of the crowds, the congregation and the constant barage of interruptions. We have made it a tradition here at Shepherdess International to prepare an issue each year at this time dedicated to giving you inspirational stories that will de-stress your life for a brief period. This year I am pleased to share with you some of the best.

So, block out a portion of time, make a nice cup of hot tea, sit down in your favorite chair with your feet up in your most comfortable slippers and be blessed. You might also want a box of tissues!

May each of you have a Holiday Season that will leave you "Too Blessed to be Stressed"

Sharon Cress