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Merry Christmas

#84 - 12.23.09



Dear friend,


The celebration of Christ's birth is in just two days. For some of us this means family gatherings, lots of food, opening gifts, and merry festivities. For others of us it means a quiet day at home alone, perhaps a television show, if we are lucky maybe a call from a friend or family member.

The last 18 months has been a new season for me in coping with my chronic illness and also balancing being a decent mother and a wife who at least "shows up." (Sadly, my sweet husband gets the least of my energy.) This will be the first year that I spent Christmas at home with just my husband and son.

My husband is dealing with more pressure with work deadlines than usual. I am still in a slant recovering from my joint replacement. I cannot drive, and don't even have my car, as I took it to get some needed work done on it while I was unable to drive anyway.

I've done little shopping. We have plenty, and we also have debt. I am blessed for all that I have. My biggest goal will simply be to get a ham in the oven and make something that I can eat without gaining weight since I've been dieting since April.

I want to thank you for your encouraging e-mails and other messages. I apologize for not responding to each person individually but I to read each one and send a prayer for you as I do so.

Regardless of what your life entails right now, whether it's a time of joy or a time of sorrow, remember that Christ came to this world... for you. God sent his son in a way that made him most vulnerable, as a newborn baby.

And all of the logical expectations of how a king would arrive here on earth read out the window. God doesn't work in logical ways. He uses our weaknesses for His glory. He uses are lonely moments to eventually encourage others.

So if you feel as though you are getting coal in your stocking this year, just remember that it is likely the Lord has a diamond in there somewhere.

Matthew 1:23 says, "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" -which means, "God with us."

God is with us… below is one of my favorite Christmas songs/videos, "Grown Up Christmas List" by Amy Grant. God bless you this Christmas.

Lisa Copen
Rest Ministries Founder



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You may find a specific person you connect with or a group that can answer some of your questions. There are groups for certain illnesses, parenting, and even a group that helps you just add more laughter to your life.


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