Topic: Holiday Grief
 
  Getting through the Day
by Cher Wandell
 
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:1-5
 
Holiday seasons are supposed to be the most joyous times of the year gathered with loved ones and friends.  But too often these days are more difficult than joyous for many who have suffered the loss of a loved one.  It`s all they can do to get through the day.  I know that this time of year is especially hard for teens and kids from all my years of teaching, but I learned the most about "holiday blues" from my husband who was orphaned as a child.  He dreaded the holidays, because it was around the time when his father and mother went home to Jesus.  He had a hard time getting through many days and years.
 
You never know just what to say, and when you finally do get up the nerve to say something, it comes out lame.  That's when it is good to know what the Word of God says on the subject, and go by what Jesus said.
 
The Bible tells us in Isaiah 53:3-5 that Jesus was acquainted with our grief, and is called the man of sorrows.  He was chastised so that we could have peace in any situation. People cannot give the comfort that God can give, but we can tell someone about the comfort that is available through Jesus.  Sharing the love of Jesus is the most important thing we can do to bring hope to the lost and peace to the saved.  In difficult times where there seems no peace is in sight, reach out to someone with Jesus.  Let the comfort of the Holy Spirit do the work knowing that God is in control over all situations.
 
Don't let anyone tell you that you're too young to understand true grief; Jesus knows how you feel, and will help you if you pray and ask Him to.
 
“Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows…but with His stripes we are healed (made whole).” Isaiah 53:4,5
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Pastors Jim & Cher's counseling training and membership is through American Association of Christian Counselors, and they are ordained by Pastor Rod Parsley through World Harvest Church Ministerial Fellowship in Ohio (aka Breakthrough Ministries).  Pastor Cher also holds a degree in education and a special needs degree.
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