Joanie Shawhan (Wisconsin)
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The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”). - Matthew 1:23 (NIV)
My Christmas preparations had come to a grinding halt. Chemotherapy interrupted my annual sprint through holiday activities. Instead of sending family and friends my usual Christmas letter, brimming with cheerful stories about children and pets, I announced that I had been diagnosed with cancer.
That year, I decorated sparsely. A...
"God comes to the woman who feels in exile in her own marriage. To the man who grieves the loss of life dreams. To the child who lives on the street. To the parents who struggle to feed and clothe their children. To the one whose loneliness or depression intensifies every Christmas." Click to watch video.