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    Women's Retreat Sierra Pines Church Oakhurst
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12 Ways to Turn Your Pain into Praise

Sapphires from Psalms

Better Than Jewels

Christmas is the sufferers holiday.” That was a profound statement made on our Surviving The Holidays video for our Grief Share class last week. Dr. David Tripp encouraged those who had experienced the loss of a loved one in the past months not to shun, dread, or avoid this sacred holiday, but rather to embrace all it means. Christ came to end all of our suffering. His birth in a manger and death on a cross was to insure that we could gain access to our father in heaven where there would be no more tears, no more sorrows or separation from this we love...forever. He went on to say, “If there was no pain, discouragement or death, there would be no need for Christ.” But there is all of that, and he came to SAVE us.

This added a new facet to the wonder of the holiday season for me. I pray that amidst the shopping, wrapping, cooking, and partying you can catch a moment to reflect on the magnitude of what Christ came to do for the person sitting in your seat. And if this season is bittersweet for you because it reminds you of your loss, let it also remind you of your Savior.

 

Comments

December 23, 2016 @11:50 am

I thank you for these words. I've decided to embrace the rest of the week and simply spend time with family and just love on them rather than avoiding it altogether

Cheryl
December 23, 2016 @11:48 am

Amen!

Cheryl
December 23, 2016 @11:44 am

This is so profound and so timely with all those grieving. Thanks.

Kathy
December 23, 2016 @11:42 am

If you only knew how powerful this is to me right now. Thank you.

Stacey
 

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