Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Message

Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace and joy, but
for some it is a time of painful memories, and hurt.
No matter what happens, we always have at
Christmas the greatest memory ever, God
becoming human and to redeem us.

Right now, there are some friends in our lives who
have lost loved ones this year, we know of people
who are suffering from non-self-inflicted torment,
and those who are struggling wearily with disease,
namely cancer. I'm so sorry for what you're going
through, and Jesus wants to help you through it.
"Jesus hears your tears, like a prayer."

I wanted to share with you a couple verses from
my top favorite Christmas carol. I hope it
encourages you.

"Who is He the people bless
For His words of gentleness?

Who is He to whom they bring
All the sick and sorrowing?

'Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story! 
'Tis the Lord! the King of glory!
At His feet we humbly fall,
Crown Him! crown Him, Lord of all!"

May the Lord grant you peace, comfort, and hope at this time 
of rejoicing. 

Oh, speaking of which, I want to share with you another

God Can

"Who can take a beggar in off the street,
Give him clean clothes and food to eat?
God can! I know God can.

Who can reach the heart that's turned bitter and cold,
Make it brand new so it shines like gold?
God can! I know God can.

God can take away all your pain,
Make the sunshine, chase the rain,
Yesterday, today, and forever the same:
All you gotta do is just call on His Name.

Who can put the family back together again,
That let their guard down and the devil crept in?
God can! I Know God can.

Who can reach down to the trembling hand
Of a child that's abused and they can't understand?
God can! I know God can."

For some,  their pain will never be completely healed until eternity
(for those who are covered by the blood of Jesus). For others, some
pains can be completely healed here on earth (physical, emotional). 
But whatever it is, nobody can bear it, alone. We all need someone
to lean on, someone to be there through the good times and the bad.
Jesus is that very one! And He can bring and use people in your 
life to be part of that ministry. But He is the only one who can meet
your greatest and deepest need! He is waiting for you to call on Him.

"I will not leave you orphans; I 
will come to you."
John 14:18


  1. Rebecca -- you are correct that the holidays are very difficult for a great number of people. It can be so painful to see all the images of "perfect" families on Christmas movies, cards, the way many classic christmas stories "turn out" perfectly but so many of us have "holes" in our families. I am curious about why you used the phrase "non-self-inflicted torment." Can you explain that a little bit more?

  2. I meant those who do the right thing and get punished for it. That's what I was saying.

  3. Thanks for this recognition of hardship at Christmas, Rebecca. My family and I have had a hard time this Christmas because my beloved Dad passed away last Christmas at the age of only 56. He had cancer but it was an unexpected brain bleed early on Christmas morning that finished him. He was a doctor who had saved people's lives and done SO much good in the world.