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Written by Eddie Stillwell   
Monday, 01 December 2014 14:35

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He came into the shadowlands to set us free

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows — light! sunbursts of light! — Isaiah 9:2 

This verse is where our story begins. Almost eight centuries before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah told of His coming. The biggest Christmas gift of all time was announced to people who would not live to see the day of its arrival. They wouldn’t know the Christmas story in their lifetime. But we can know it.

Though this passage will soon tell us about Jesus, first Isaiah tells us about us. He paints the perfect picture of that brilliant moment when our world collides with His wonder; our darkness is pierced by His light. He didn’t come to people who were already spit-shined. He came to those who were buried in darkness, desperate for help, and longing for hope.

Have you been living in the land of deep shadows? I have. I’ve spent long years in that gray and weary country, and sometimes it makes me feel disqualified from Christmas. Most Christmas carols do not talk about daunting shadows or dreary days. They talk sparkle and shimmer. They talk ho-ho-hoing and mistletoeing, and all of that is fine and fun if you’re having a great year. But let’s be honest about the fact that this relentless commercialized happiness is not really what lives at the heart of Christmas.

Christmas is deeper than that. It reaches into darker places.

Jesus didn’t come to cheer us up;
He came into the shadowlands we call home to set us free.

He came to untangle us from the despair
that wraps itself around our joy and peace and purpose.

It seems, then, that hopelessness is the very first qualification for receiving the bright hope of Christmas. Perhaps you are exactly where you need to be to experience the miracle of Advent after all.

Finding Hidden Hope

Today, when the sun goes down, take a candle and a match into a dark room. Sit in the darkness for a few minutes. There in the deep blue evening, consider the difficult things you are facing this Christmas. Now light the candle, and look at the way the room changes. What can you see that you couldn’t see before? How does the flame flicker through the blackness that used to own the room? If you’d like, this would be a good time to start a journal where you can write down the ways you see His light invade your darkness.

As we enter into the deep days of Advent, keep my heart focused on the real story, the only story that really matters. Send Your light to my darkness, like You did on that first Christmas, so that I can see my place in this season. With my praise and thanksgiving, I will crown You Lord of all.

Excerpted with permission from When Holidays Hurt by Bo Stern, copyright Thomas Nelson.

The holidays can be an exceptionally hard time for many, here are a few documents out of cooperation with the Hospice of Lubbock that may be helpfull through the season.

As always, if you need anything please call the church office.

          Getting Through The Holidays

          "Tear Soup" Resources

          Holiday Activities

          Children and the Holidays

          Suggestions From Others Who Have Been There

 

 

What Can I expect when I attend the Grief Recovery Group at Green Lawn?

After the loss of a loved one, we experience a wide variety of feelings and emotions. The ever-changing emotions we experience with grief can catch us off gaurd, causing us to act out of character, or differently than our typical personality and demeanor.

We all need a support system to help us as we move through our grief journey. While family and friends are vital, unless they have experienced a close personal loss, they most likely don't fully "get it." That is where support groups can become a valuableresources. In a support group, you will find up to 10 or so new friends also living life after loss.

Grief support groups offer companionship and understanding from others who have experienced a simular loss, and are experiencing simular challengers that living with grief brings. In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, support groups give you an oppertunity to share your story openly and guilt free. You also have oppertunity to hear the stories of others and talk about coping day-to-day, as well as on the most difficult days of our grief journeys.

If you are looking for a support system in your grief jopurney, you should consider the support group offered at Green Lawn. You will likely find the following things there:

  1. Learn common myths about grief as well as strategies for healing.
  2. Emotional and physical support in a safe and non judgmental enviroment as you learn about the uniqueness of your own grief
  3. Support and understanding from others who have experienced a simular loss
  4. The oppertunity to begin the healing process through sharing your own story and hearing the stories of others
  5. Coping skills to help you through the most difficult days of your grief journey
  6. Hope through companionship with people who "get it" and understand first-hand what you are going through
  7. The oppertunity to discover new traditions and ideas to keep loved ones present in heart and memories
  8. Increased understanding of how children and other family members react to loss
  9. Permission to grieve and permission to live a happy productive life
  10. You can expect the group to be led by a professional with years of experience working and walking along with those in grief.

Feel free to contact the church office if you have any question or need.

Phone:  (806) 795-4377     Email:  info@greenlawn.org

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 11:16
 

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