Unopened Christmas Cards - Infertility at Christmas

Last year it was unlit lights on my Christmas tree. This year it is a stack of unopened Christmas cards sitting on our stairwell.  Didn't quite realize why I wasn't opening them until I came across an infertility blog that mentioned how difficult it is to open Christmas cards.  Each one holds a picture of a happy family or tells the story of kids or grandkids. Some act as a birth announcement.

I am fighting the Christmas blues and have been doing fairly well until this last week.  But my husband and I have admitted to each other that we just can't wait for Christmas to be over.

And yet, the Scripture that keeps coming to my mind is Nehemiah 8:10:


10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
 So we will go and enjoy choice food and drinks and try to stay focused on the fact that Christmas is indeed a Holy Day, even though the society around us has made it a day focused on children and material items.

So, I am busy handwriting Christmas cards for each member of our church.  The image on the card is of people walking to a country church in the midst of a beautiful snowfall and inside it reads:

Listen in hope to the silence of peace...
listen in wonder to the harmony of nature...
listen in joy to the message or Christmas.

Joy - the source of the Joy is that Christ has come to us!

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