During this time of year when we are constantly reminded of joy and
happiness and being merry, we must remember as pastors that there may be
those in our churches who are grieving the loss of a spouse or maybe a
child, and the Holiday season only reminds them of those who are gone.
Nancy Guthrie, who along with her husband David, co-hosts the GriefShare
video series, brings encouragement to those who are feeling anything
but joyful. “So it is possible to have a happy Thanksgiving, a merry
Christmas, and a happy New Year---even when that joy is mixed with
sorrow. Hope and joy at Christmas come from knowing that Christ's life
that began in a cradle ended on a cross. His death-conquering death was
followed by resurrection, the first-fruits of all who will one day rise
from their graves,” writes Guthrie. To read her article, “Joy to This
Cursed World,” go to TheGospelCoalition.org.