Christ’s leading at Christmastime

Christmastime traditions can help to ward off the long hours of winter darkness in my part of the world. Neighbors string houses and gardens with sparkling lights. Parties are planned with favorite foods. People reach out to loved ones with messages of hope and love.

The hustle and bustle of the season, however, can also bring unwanted stress, reinforce feelings of disconnect and loneliness, and sometimes strain relationships. The pressure of high expectations around the holidays is so widespread that emotional survival tips published by mental health professionals are almost as ubiquitous as decorations in shopping malls.  

December 9, 2019
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