My first husband left just before Christmas. I could hardly feel “Peace on earth, good will toward men.” As Christmas approached, the season seemed devoid of meaning. I hurt so much that it seemed the life had been sucked out of me.
I was in a very bad place when December 25 came just 13 days after he left. Yet, when that Christmas Day came, deep in my heart I felt a seed of hope. I knew that as the old song says, “God is not dead nor doth he sleep.” It didn’t immediately erase my sadness but it gave me hope to carry on.
God spoke gently. God spoke to my heart. That Christmas was a day to celebrate the birth of Christ but it was also a kind of quiet new birth for me. I still hurt profoundly but I knew Christ came so that I didn’t have to remain in darkness. That is an amazing promise.
On this Christmas Day I pray that you feel the birth of hope in your hearts. May you have a renewing Christmas!
Love to all!
Renee Smith Ettline
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