Finding Joy in Christmas- When Everything 'Feels' Wrong

Written by Ellen M. DuBois

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as we see a message of great hope and comfort. No, our pain isn't gone. No, we can't bring back those who were lost and no, we can't reverse time. But, there is no load too heavy that Christ won't carry for us. His birth was and isrepparttar greatest 'Christmas Present' anyone could ever hope for. And it's real. Through Christ and His message to us, we can take comfort in many things. 1. Those beautiful people who were lost inrepparttar 127059 tragic attack on America are with our loving Father in a realm that is real, alive and eternal. Though not with us physically, they are very much alive and happy. They are missed dearly onrepparttar 127060 earthly plane, but are living a wonderful, fulfilling life in a world much more beautiful thanrepparttar 127061 one we remain in. 2. No matter how heavy your load may be, Christ is always there to help you with it. His gift of hope, comfort, help, healing and life is there for you. You will be carried through your darkest hours. You will never be alone. There is someone right beside you who will get you through anything this world dishes out. Just ask. 3. The light of Christ shines within each and every one of us. The beauty of lights upon a tree or shining from a window symbolize his omnipresent light. If you do decide to put up lights this year- and are struggling with feelings of confusion - remember what those lights symbolize. They are symbols ofrepparttar 127062 light of Christ and cannot ever be snuffed out. By displaying lights, you are showing hope to others who may need to be reminded of it very, very much.

It is my hope that we can, even with our very real pain, not just 'get through' Christmas, but celebrate it. It's notrepparttar 127063 pretty packages and ribbons that make Christmas what it is. It's God's promise to us all- His Love for us all- His ultimate display of His love for us by sending his only son to earth to show us we have eternal life through Him. That's what Christmas is about. Now more than ever before we need to hold fast to that promise and by doing that, we will findrepparttar 127064 joy in Christmas this year; even if it's amidst tears.

Mayrepparttar 127065 light of Christ shine in all of your hearts this Christmas; give you comfort, peace and joy.

"Peace on Earth- Good will to men."

Ellen M. DuBois

Ellen M. DuBois, MA - Ms. DuBois is engaged and has a dog who loves to critique her work. She is published in vol.2 of God Allows U-Turns with her piece, "The Angel in the Dumpster". She writes to touch the hearts of others. Please visit Writings of the Heart, her award winning writer's resource site-

Lord, I Never Asked to Be a Cracked Cup

Written by Pam Wickenhauser

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God never did tell me why. He promised instead His unfailing love and His

grace, whichrepparttar Bible says is sufficient. Some how, those promises

didn't seem like enough to bring understanding to my grieving heart. I

ached forrepparttar 127058 children I would never have and a body,

which at least to me, would never look normal.

Healing like after healing line seemed to lack power.

It made me cry out allrepparttar 127059 louder. "Lord, Father,

Almighty in heaven where is Your power?"

Remember me, I never asked to be a cracked cup. Faithful to his word

the Son of Righteousness arose with healing in His wings. A miracle you

ask, I think so.

I am learning to come into His presence to hear His

heart and allow Him to draw me into that solitary

place with Him. There he speaks comfortable to me the

words of life that sustain my soul. You are darling,

my beautiful one. You are my beloved. My banner over

you is love. The word of God to me, which is as ointment poured on to my

hurting heart.

Sometimes, when I look inrepparttar 127060 mirror I still see a cracked cup. When I

askrepparttar 127061 Father what He sees, He

whispers in my ear, "I see Jesus."

The p.s. to this story, in this world and in our cupboards is, there are

many cracked cups. Some have been cracked by their own hand, some because

of circumstances and some it wasrepparttar 127062 way they were created. So when you

choose your next teacup and notice a crack hold it gently torepparttar 127063 Father

and ask Him what He sees.

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