The Struggle for Joy in Our Hearts

Journey through the Shadowlands

christmas-treeChristmas is one of the most joyous times of the year. Yet Christmas brings a mixture of emotions. For Christmas evokes memories. Memories are a mixed bag of joy and sorrow. The joy can be tempered, if not overwhelmed, by the continuing pangs of grief, of family conflict, of illness, or some other struggle and tragedy of life. For many, Christmas is a time when they can relate to the words of the prophet Jeremiah in the Old Testament book of Lamentations“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me” (3:19-20).

With life falling apart around him, the prophet lamented. the weight of his emotional load did not lighten. Conditions for him did not improve. Yet he remembered something which gave him hope. Remembering he found strength with which to carry the weight of…

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3 Responses to The Struggle for Joy in Our Hearts

  1. Liz says:

    Beautiful! Our Laura and Allen lost
    their, Faith Lynn. She was six
    Inches long.
    We went to her funeral…two sad
    Mom and Dad…Laura told of
    planning to see her again…Allen
    memorized his comments…Larry
    Read the Bible; Frank prayed.

  2. Liz says:

    Did u get my first comments!

    • David says:

      Yes I did Liz. Such loss never is forgotten. Even one such as Faith Lynn, who did not have the opportunity to experience life, has a profound impact on the lives of those who love her and continue to remember her and hold her in their hearts. Thank you for your comment and for taking time to read. God’s blessings.

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