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No, You Are NOT Alone

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Surrounded by celebrations, we often feel isolated and alone.

Many Christmas mornings, even though I was in the middle of chaotic joy, I was sad. Not really depressed, just sad and deflated. The children took turns opening presents. Sometimes it was a simple puzzle or much-needed clothes but the they oohed and awed over each present. Some made jokes but they all laughed, savouring each moment.

Although I was their mother, I often felt disconnected from this scene. There was so much preparation and anticipation in the days leading up to Christmas that I was tired on the big day. Tiredness led to a sense of sinking emptiness. I know that this experience is common probably because advertizing assumes that we will be merry on Christmas Day. It is difficult to live up to all those images of happy, smiling faces.

Yet, I cannot manufacture joy with my effort. I recall that joy is a gift and it is not elusive. It is as near to all of us as our next breath, as is God Himself and God connects each one of us to every other person on earth. This truth snaps me back into reality. Deeper than any surface sadness is eternal life, energy and joy.

I am not simply spouting off memorized dogma or theology. Everyone who stops for a moment, takes a few calming breaths and looks within will discover God or some sense of a Universal Presence and he will snap out of his misery. I call this process Spiritual Cognitive Therapy and I have seen it work instantly with people who are quite mentally ill.

One other way to connect to God and emerge from the prison of self is laughter, especially laughter at ourselves. It shakes us out of self-destructive, negative thinking and emotions. My emotions seem to grip me and hold on tight when I fight to become happy but they simple vaporize when I can laugh at my self-dramatics. Laughter connects me to my true self and to the Holy Spirit. Laughter is the best medicine.



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My husband and I raised 9 children on a hobby farm and discovered fulfilment and joy.The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. My writing is humourous and heart warming/ thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong current of spirituality running through it.
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By Barbara MacDonald on December 27, 2012 at 09:41 am

I can relate to what you are saying Melanie...the chaos and all the work that goes into getting ready for Xmas ...and i can't even imagine with 9 kids what would be involved...It is like a sigh of relief Boxing Day. Xmas certainly has become to commercial and I think many parents feel very pressured to spend more than they have...we forget the true meaning which is the birth of Jesus and spending time with those we love. Yes, laughter is the best medicine...:-)

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By melanie jean juneau on December 27, 2012 at 09:49 am

"A human baby bearing, Undimished deity."- it is so easy to forget Baby Jesus. I just read a post that discussess a song by Micael Card (1985) , that connects Roman's 8 with the nativity, "nothing can separated us from the love of God", ( my words)-neither business, anxiety or distractons because underneath all these agitations we are rooted ing His love.

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By HomeRearedChef on December 27, 2012 at 03:12 pm

I am so glad, Melanie, that you have spoken honest how you have felt, because I have felt the same thing, and thought the worst about me. Sigh!

But the true meaning of Christmas is celebrating the brith of our Savior. And I, too, remind myself jus why I am doing all these many things for my family. When I serve my family I am serving my Lord. :)

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By melanie jean juneau on December 27, 2012 at 03:39 pm

yes, it seems like failure but isn't that the whole point? It is a God designed point that turns our faces to Him

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