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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. 

Joshua 1:9

            The year has flown by and Christmas is almost here. It is a joyful season but often I make it stressful. Sometimes the real meaning of the season is lost in my busyness.

            Then I think back to Christmases when the family lit the candles on Sunday nights during Advent and when we sang Happy Birthday Jesus and ate his cake on Christmas Day and the joy returns.

            I see God’s hand in every part of my life and I’m amazed. There are good times and bad times, but God promises that he will be there leading us through them all – and he does.

            When we decide to take God’s hand and follow him, life becomes less stressful and we all feel his peace, his love and his strength. We give thanks to God for Jesus and all he does. (Happy Birthday, Jesus!)

Mary Ann Robins

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