Bible Verses to Brighten a Hard Christmas

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Life with a Southern Grandmother

When the Light of Christmas Goes Dark – 

If you’re hit with a tragedy this season, turn to these Biblical heroes for hope.

by Michelle Cox | Dec 1, 2016

Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of a Savior—the best gift ever given. And in the weeks leading up to December 25, there are often also laughter-filled family get-togethers, festive parties at work and church, and fun events with friends.

But sometimes when we’ve been through difficult circumstances, are dealing with health situations, job losses, or the death of a loved one, it’s hard to find those moments of joy, to discover a heart filled with praise.

I’ll never forget how hard it was to find the joy of the season on that first Christmas after my dad committed suicide years ago. But with the passage of time and with the love and support of family and friends, I was able to heal and to find that joy again. I’ll always miss my dad, but now I can smile about the memories we made together.

I’ve realized something else as I’ve spent time in God’s Word: He put some great examples in the Bible to show me how to praise Him despite my circumstances.

Think about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, three men whose faith was put to the test as they were forced to take a stand for God. But instead of standing around worrying and whining, they stepped into the fiery furnace with confidence, praising Him for taking care of them during an unbelievable situation.Read More


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  • Guideposts. 2016. Guideposts | Inspiration. Faith. Hope.. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.guideposts.org/. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

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