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  • My prayer for the Holidays

    I'm writing this on Monday morning, the 21st, and most of our trucking friends and clients are already preparing for a week ahead of fun, family and festivities, with just a dash of stress thrown in.

    Last year at this time, the Bridges household was a zoo because our younger daughter Kimberly was getting married on December 27, just two days after Christmas. She and her husband Will have had a great first year!

    This year, we have another excitement on the horizon: In just over a month, our older daughter Katherine and her husband Stephen will be presenting us with our very first grandchild! Woo-hoo! Ol’ Dennis is gonna be a granddad!

    I can’t wait!!

    Perhaps especially this year, while the holidays are a time of joy for many, they can also be a time of pain for a portion of my contacts and yours as well.

    Loneliness and pain can sometimes feel like the real "decorations" of this season -- and if that's the case for you, please realize that you are not alone, and that you are loved and appreciated.

    Not only by us here at eTruckerTax, but also by more people than you could possibly imagine. THAT is the bottom-line, real-world truth, whether you believe it or not.

    And, while I often write about important financial and tax-related matters for you, in this, my weekly Note, I thought instead I'd share with you my annual prayer for the holidays. It's worth printing and placing in a place where you’ll see it, so you can remember it, even beyond this week. I can't take credit for its authorship, and I honestly don't remember where I got it. But it's good.

    So, I'll save the tax and financial stuff for another time (except for one quick reminder thrown in to SAVE all of the 1095 forms you may receive from healthcare organizations! We'll need them for your tax return).

    In the meantime, join me here…

    My Prayer For The Holidays

    "God, help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.

    "Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, untidy young man who can't make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.

    "Remind us, Lord, that the scary-looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares ...

    "Help us to remember that the old couple walking way too slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress is savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.

    "Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. Help us to remember, it’s not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not just to those who are close to us, but to all who we come into contact with. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, and let us learn to show patience, empathy and love. "

    Amen.

    Best to you. May your season be truly bright.

    Warmly,

    Dennis Bridges
    Executive Director
    (770) 984-8008


    Dennis Bridges | 12/21/2015