When Holidays Hurt
Find fullness of joy during the holidays-especially for the brokenhearted. Divorce. Financial stress. Chronic illness. Losing a loved one. Experiencing any of these situations during the year is already difficult. But the holiday season, once joyful and happy, can...
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Find fullness of joy during the holidays-especially for the brokenhearted.
Divorce. Financial stress. Chronic illness. Losing a loved one. Experiencing any of these situations during the year is already difficult. But the holiday season, once joyful and happy, can heighten this pain even more. Author Bo Stern has spent the past two Christmases struggling to connect with the joy of the season. As she has watched her husband, Steve, struggle with terminal ALS, Bo has quietly felt her spirit for the season fade-and has noticed countless others suffering the same way.
Through stories and scriptures, Bo offers readers a way to redeem what can often become painful days-Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries, milestones such as weddings and graduations, and more. At the end of each devotion, Bo gently guides readers to engage with these holidays and special occasions in different ways that offer a tangible outlet for healing. At the heart of this message is that Christ came-to bring hope and healing to those who are hurting.
"Jesus didn't come to cheer us up. He came into the shadowlands we call home to set us free. He came to untangle us from the despair that wraps itself around our joy and peace and purpose. It seems, then, that hopelessness is the very first qualification for receiving the bright hope of Christ's coming. Perhaps you are exactly where you need to be to experience the miracle after all..."
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Bo Stern is a mother of four and a wife to Steve. One of her greatest joys is recognizing the greater story in others' lives and drawing out the glory and faithfulness of God from the trials of life. Long before her husband Steve was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), she dove deeply into the battles of Scripture to better understand the heart of God. With a confidence born of this battle she and her family are still fighting, Bo wants women to understand that God can make us more beautiful than you've ever been because of the hard times we face. A teaching pastor at WestA