Christmas presence...
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I haven’t had real work in over a year. The kids need clothes, bills are due. I have to find some kind of job. I’ve got to get my act together, but how?

What a great party! Hey, if it feels good do it. I hope someone can tell me what I did because I have no idea. Yet, sometimes it all seems so phony. Is this all there is to life – highs and hangovers?

Christmas – Who cares – since he (she) walked out life stinks! Why do people lie all the time?

I thought when I got that promotion everything would be great. I thought the extra money would make everybody happy. Why are we never satisfied?

Will they ever stop fighting? Dad screams one thing, mom screams another and around and around we go, over and over again. How can we put an end to all this bickering?

Life is an illusion. Only death is real. Where is the hope? Is it in silver bells or cockle shells? Is it in old books on dusty shelves? Is it in the stars or in ourselves? Really, what is it all about?

I got mine baby! Yeah, I bent the rules a little, stepped on a few toes, so what! I’m a winner. Of course, there was the divorce, don’t see the kids much anymore never see any of my old friends. Why does life seem so empty sometimes?

Thirteen billion years of existence, billions of galaxies and according to science I am an accident of nature, basically talking mud with a mean streak and a dash of good intentions here for about 70 years. There has to be more to life than that, doesn’t there?

Religion/churches/ temples/mosques whatever you want to call them they are all basically havens for hypocrites! They may preach peace and love but do they live it? I believe there is a God but how do I find Him?

For some, life is a comedy for me it is one tragedy after another. Why is life so unfair?

I am at the end of my rope! I can’t stand it anymore. Nothing ever works out right for me. Yeah, I have friends and a family, sort of, but sometimes I feel so lost. What am I to do? Where can I turn?

“Behold! I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be to all the people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)

“Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

This Christmas, may you truly enjoy His presence.

—James Hofmann


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