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Tis The Season

‘Tis the season!  ‘Tis the season for songs, like “Joy to the World,” “Silver Bells,” and “Silent Night.”  It’s the season for dusting off old Christmas movies, such as “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and my favorite, “The Bishop’s Wife.”  Tis the season for anticipation, hope and excitement.

Celebrating ChristmasFor most of us, tis the season for words like Joy, Happy, and Merry!  But for others who have lost loved ones, particularly couples who have suffered the death of a child, it can be an emotional roller coaster. For some, the joy of the Christmas gives way to dread and a desire to sleep from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to January 2nd.  For those bereaved parents, the season can be particularly difficult because not only do they have their own expectations of what this time of year should look like, but they are also carrying grief.



We Have This Moment Today

When you think of the word “moment,” what comes to mind? I’m having a senior moment? I will be there in a moment, or I will see you in a moment. We might say “I am living in the moment.” Songs like “One Moment In Time,” by Whitney Houston, or “This Magic Moment.” We might even think of an awkward moment, like when it is very quiet in church and your stomach decides to sound like a dying whale! Or that awkward moment when you are sitting at a red light, accidentally beep your horn, and everyone around you thinks you’re a jerk! Or like this story of an 8 year old….An 8 year old little girl went to her dad, who was working in the yard, and asked him “Daddy, what is sex?”