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The Struggles of Christmas (2 of 4)
Series: It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Well, if you have your Bible, turn to Matthew chapter 1, Matthew chapter 1. We're in a series for the month of December called, "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." And everywhere you look today, it does look a lot like Christmas. And Christmas is a time like no other. It's a time filled with joy to the world. It's a time filled with peace on earth, good will to men. It's a time filled with excitement. It's a time filled with miracles. As Andy Williams sang so many years ago, "It's the most wonderful time of the year."
But, hey, let me ask you a question. What do you do at Christmastime if the time that's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year is not so wonderful for you? What do you do if you've experienced the death of a loved one this year and this Christmas is going to be so different? What do you do if you've gone through a divorce and this year's so different for you? It's so different for your family. What do you do if you're a military family and your loved one is far, far away in Iraq or in Afghanistan? How, how is that so wonderful? What's the most wonderful time of the year? What if you just lost your job? What if bad things are happening in your life?
You know, Christmastime can be a really hard time for lots of people. Suicides go up in the month of December because for some people they say, "The holidays just bring to the forefront all the difficulties and all the struggles and problems in my life. And the heartaches just seem to come to the surface at Christmastime." And you know what makes it even worse for some people? Because it's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, because it's supposed to be filled with joy and family and excitement, and they don't have that and people all around them seem to have that, it makes the person who's going through the struggles and difficulties ...
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