Christmas and Emotions

For many people this season is not always the most wonderful time of the year! People lose loved ones who have died due to the pandemic Covid 19, a relationship breakup, just one too many parties where alcohol or drugs takes its toll on a person or family. Loneliness and depression set in and the Christmas spirit appears to be so dark and dim. Okay enough of the doom and gloom because there is hope in the midst of darkness.

Christmas and the Holiday season is not just a time of giving, but it is a time of living! Yes, a time to express life in a joyous, forgiving, loving way. This is a time where reconciling with those we have hurt or offended because of selfish ways or ignorance. A time to bring a peace offering and not any hurt, nor any hate, or bitterness. It’s a time to comfort those who are grieving when their loved ones are not physically present any longer. A time to love unconditionally and not be so judgmental; because we think we have it all together. This is a time to bring hope and healing, not to build a wall to be separated from each other. A time to extend a listening ear with a heart of understanding and compassion.

“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine”.
Isaiah 9:2 NLT

“And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you”.
Ephesians 4:30-32 NLT

May each of us be reminded of why Jesus came in the first place? Christ is the reason for the season. He is that light. “The light of the world” offering hope and healing in the midst of darkness

Enjoy your week my friend and bring hope to somebody in their dark world today.

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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