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“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” - Matthew 1:23 (NRSV)

Just 14 days before Christmas, our father died. Christmas for our family will never be the same again. While everyone is celebrating, having reunions, and exchanging gifts, I don’t know how Christmas is going to be joyful for my family and me. As I gaze at the twinkling lights on...

Today's Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank you for the peace that you give us and the assurance that you are with us in our painful moments. Comfort all who grieve during this Christmas season. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Matthew 1:18-23

Thought for the Day

When we are most in need, God is closer than ever.

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Those grieving at Christmas

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