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A Christmas healing
Christmas is traditionally thought of as a time of family sharing, joy, and merriment. And for many people it is. But what of those away from home, or spending their first Christmas without a loved one? Can they find joy in this season as well? Perhaps my own experience will help those who are seeking the true meaning of Christmas joy.
The first Christmas after my husband died was dreary. Friend's loving efforts to involve me in jovial activities only brought on self-pity. The following year, while others were putting up decorations, I deliberately tore my home apart, called in the painters, and tried to ignore the holidays. The results were even more abysmal.
When the season came again, I switched tactics and explored how some cheer might be brought to others whose home-and-hearth patterns had also been interrupted. This produced better feelings about Christmas and established an acceptable way to "get through" the holidays. In the fourth year, however, I received the inspiration that has given fresh meaning to my celebration of Christmas ever since.
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Seeing Christlikeness at Christmas
ROBERT L. GATES
DORIS MERCIA MILLAR
Purpose for living
DESMOND E. MAC-KWASHIE
CAROL CHAPIN LINDSEY
JUDITH ANN HARDY
The high point is always the angels
A Christmas healing
BARBARA KOBLER ROSSITER
Remembering God's great goodness
FRANKIE L. THOMAS
A sound I've heard
EVELYN GROVER HEISS
Don't let "if only" steal your now
MARY ELIZABETH LEEVER
GEOFFREY J. BARRATT
Leave all for Christ?
NATHAN A. TALBOT
Zacchaeus cared and climbed
Virginia F. Kuemmin
I was troubled with bronchial asthma and taking pills every day...
R. J. ELIZABETH MEINTJES with contributions from MATHYS CRONJE MEINTJES
The Scriptures are timeless sacred records that are relevant to us...
ELIZABETH M. BARTMAN