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A merry Christmas is possible

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Christmas that year was a tough one; nothing sparkled - not even our brightly lit tree.

Pressure to celebrate the joy during this season wasn't making it any easier. Each upbeat Christmas letter from our friends, telling about their successful lives and all the wonderful accomplishments of their children made me feel that my family's Christmas letter would read more like one from the Addams Family.

One of our teens was caught using drugs, one kept running away, and the household was anything but happy. Just to maintain some semblance of normalcy took all our effort. To add to the pressure, my husband was on the verge of losing his job, and I was battling panic attacks. Even my sense of humor, which usually pulled me through, was waning.

It was a battle with the "Grinch," and he was winning.

But I'm slowly learning that when the going gets tough, there's a powerful joy in challenging the imposing atmosphere. I'm learning I can rely on an infinite power beyond myself: the presence and power of divine Love. I'm finding that I don't have to wait for the situation to improve in order to rejoice, but that the courage to face up to the challenge and fight the battle is cause for satisfaction and gratitude.

Learning to love the uphill isn't always easy, but it's been inspiring when I can say "thank you" before the victory is won and count the blessings, even during the battle.

Discovering more of the divine presence called Love is like finding a light that lifts thought above the storms of earth and reveals the calm of spiritual beauty. That presence has revealed itself to me when there seemed no hope, and healing has resulted.

This was one of those times when I needed to be lifted.

Years earlier I had been introduced to a revolutionary book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which gives me spiritual tools when problems feel insurmountable.

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