Are you ready? The hustle and bustle. The parties and concerts. The cookies, the wreaths, the shopping. And all the fun connected with all of this is on its way! While most of us are looking forward to the opportunities for worship and the time we get to spend with family and friends, some of us . . . well, we are not so excited.
You can guess who some of the not-so-excited individuals and families in your church might be. And you may have no clue about others who may be feeling this way:
- Consider those who have lost loved ones in the past year. This will be their first Christmas without Dad, without Grandma, without a sister or brother whose presence was a treasured part of the holidays—and, perhaps, of every day!
- Consider those families still trying to eke out a living on an unemployment check, those who declared bankruptcy in this past year, and those who are on the brink of losing their home in the year ahead.
- Consider those newly diagnosed with MS or Parkinson’s or ALS. And their family members who are just starting to understand what living with this challenge is going to involve.
As you plan ways to serve ALL the individuals and families in your church this Christmas, ask that the Lord Jesus keep your heart sensitive to individuals in crisis, families coping with tension—whether new or chronic. Listen! Pray!
And think about ways to use Praying with Hope to provide encouragement and comfort when you can’t be there. This 64-page, soft cover book includes reassuring Scriptures, heart-touching prayers, and words of wisdom for those journeying through life’s ups and downs. The four-color book comes with an envelope and makes it possible for you to provide ongoing encouragement for less that the cost of a greeting card!
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