alone at christmas

If You Struggle with Loneliness at Christmas: Three things to do

If Christmas is the loneliest time of the year for you, you are not alone. Not only does a Google search reveal that half a million elderly adults will find themselves alone this holiday, other articles write of the millions of singles who struggle with the holiday too. The weird thing about being lonely is … Continue reading “If You Struggle with Loneliness at Christmas: Three things to do”

suffering

God Makes No Mistakes, Even In Suffering

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our … Continue reading “God Makes No Mistakes, Even In Suffering”

bible reading plan christmas

Preparing Our Hearts to Worship this Christmas Season

A LONG time ago (when I was in college) two women came to the tiny Methodist church where I worked as a youth pastor, and they taught me how to worship. Their instruction would affect my life for years to come. The message was simple: “Worship God intentionally everyday in every mundane detail whether you … Continue reading “Preparing Our Hearts to Worship this Christmas Season”

When Celebrating Thanksgiving is Hard

Empty Chairs . . . Some years Thanksgiving is harder to celebrate than other years. I love the turkey, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, dressing, and green bean casserole. I embrace the cooler weather, gold and garnet leaves, and the almost naked trees, and I love gathering with family and friends–whoever can come. Yet, there have … Continue reading “When Celebrating Thanksgiving is Hard”

importance and value

If You Only Knew How Important You Are

“You will never know how important your role has been in that place.” A dear friend encouraged me with these words as I bemoaned my frustrations. Her words were kind. I appreciated them, though secretly I had my doubts, and I prayed that they be true one day. Deep down we do want to make … Continue reading “If You Only Knew How Important You Are”

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