As we draw into winter and feel the nip in the air, it makes me think of climates much colder than that of Australia.

It draws me to think of climates where they struggle to grow food, struggle to keep warm, struggle to get around because of snow, ice and struggle to pay high electricity or gas bills.

Generally, we are very fortunate in Australia for what we have and we have to be thankful for what we do have.

The blessings of food, clothing, warmth, and shelter.

We don’t have to look too far to think about someone who is less fortunate than ourselves.

As winter sets in and the cold nights hit, the air gets cool and the trees lay bare, think about one thing you can do this winter to make a difference to the life of someone else.

It might be making a blanket for someone, spending time with a neighbour, volunteering in a small way, or being less wasteful to name but a few.

Sometimes to really appreciate what we do have we have to make changes, possibility go without something for a short time, and in time give back to others.

By David Bridgens, Volunteer & Pastoral Care Coordinator, Southhaven