Friday, December 14, 2007

Hurts and the Holidays

Once again, I've seen a significant increase in pastoral care calls during this time of year. Even though Christchurch is new and small, it is made up of real people who have real hurts. While the holidays are a wonderful time of year, they are also often reminders of real losses that my people have experienced in their lives. Cold, gray days and long, dark nights sometimes add to a mournful mood in the midst of the Christmas season. But as Isaiah 9 and Matthew 4 remind us, "the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned."

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." - Jesus, Matthew 5:4 (ESV)

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