I’m just back after a week in New York, where from 4pm we had to hold on to each other to move through the crowds when walking down the street. It was a great week in which God’s hand was apparent throughout but the thing I noticed most was peoples attitude. Consistently, staff in hotels, shops, stalls, cafes even police etc were not friendly. Maybe it’s a cultural thing, I missed the Northern Irish smiles and ‘how are you?’, if I asked a question it was one word answers and people seemed generally unhappy, many seemed to be just existing or surviving. Perhaps it’s because of the recession, or following 9/11, but we were there 5yrs ago after 9/11 and things have definately changed since then. I am so blessed with many ‘things’ as well as family and friends but most of all I am so much more aware of how blessed I am to have hope and a joy that radiates from that hope. I love the whole Christmas lights, carols, Starbucks Gingerbread lattes:-) but this advent I want to focus on how God is with me (in me) and no matter what else goes on, how thankful I am for Him and the excitment and hope he brings of things to come.