This is a good word that can take many forms: reassurance, cheer, support, praise…In today’s environment we need to encourage people all we can.
One great example of this is The New Love Center Café, where 30-60 people receive a home-cooked meal along with socialization. The staff there is in tune with the physical and spiritual needs of each guest.
May we be encouraged to be encouragers? Look for opportunities to lift people with affirming words, including an emphasis on gratitude. With the worsening economic environment, we all need encouragement from one another.