You have fasted in the middle of the feast, and you've tasted the bitterness in the bounty. We cherish the idea of an invisible Santa Claus delivering wishes-come-true, of family gatherings around a festive feast, and of hot drinks sipped at the fireside with Bing Crosby’s voice crooning in the background.
And has found that 76% of singles they polled reported holiday dissolutions—before, during or after.
Why do the holidays take such a toll on relationships?
And how can you reach out and care for someone who is hurting this Christmas?
(Scriptures referenced: Hebrews –15, Romans , 2 Corinthians , Romans 5:5) Married at age 34, Colleen Chao writes about her journey from singleness to marriage to motherhood, celebrating God's faithfulness in every season of life.
Do you know how thankful I am for those years when God didn't give me what I so desperately wanted?
Oh, how I praise Him for that long wait that made me fall in love with Him and for saying "no" to every other man so that I could marry the best man of all, Edward Chao.
A former book editor, English teacher, and youth leader, Colleen is now mastering the finer arts of diapers, dirt, and dishes.
She makes her home in Southern California with her long-awaited husband and son.
This Christmas, may our silent aches and longings compel us to worship the God of the universe, who wrapped Himself in flesh and blood so that our lives would have meaning, so that we would know the hope that does not disappoint.
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For newer couples, seemingly simple questions can become tests of commitment and compatibility. ) Does your partner want to be included in the family gift giving this year?