Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

It's Christmas Time Again

Oh, Lord...
Sometimes it's hard to know just how to pray. Christmas hasn't been the same the last few years, at least not since the fire in Webster, NY, the one that took the lives of Uncle Carmen and his two boys. I think that was probably the hardest December I ever had to face. How does one celebrate all things fun and merry when your childhood friends are suffering such anguish? And then last year tragedy struck the same small town where I grew up all over again when the firefighters were ambushed down by the bay the day before Christmas. All our hearts were broken. The entire community was stunned. Perhaps in some ways we still are. Folks are trying to remember in order to honor the fallen, but it brings such sadness... And this year, Lord, there are struggles within my own family. I guess one never really knows how the holidays will pan out. Yeah, there is more than enough pain and heartache to go around, and yet that is precisely the reason why you came. We break your heart too, don't we? That is why you came, wrapped in the skin of a baby and, born in a stable. That is why you gave your life, because your heart breaks too. I pray this Christmas that we will be able to see through the pain and heartache all the way to Hope. All the the way to Love. And all way to Faith in you.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for all you've done for us.

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