These tough times are perfect opportunities to step forward and speak up with a clear hope; to roll up our sleeves and get involved in bringing substantive help to the hurting; and to give people a walking, breathing example of what God's grace looks like covered in compassionate determination. Your commitment to practicing grace in the midst of a harsh economic winter may be the only warmth the people closest to you will be able to enjoy.
In economic winters, plan A for most people is to close the cupboard doors, shut down the charitable giving, and hang on to what you've got. A better plan is to live more simply, expect less, and give more. And above all, to trust the One who feeds the sparrows to free your mind from worries ... The good news is that the coldest winters set up some of the most abundant springtimes.
-In Praise of Plan B: Moving from "What Is" to "What Can Be," by Dr. Tim Kimmel