Dealing with Pain over the Holidays

The Christmas holiday is a joyous occasion as we celebrate with family and friends the birth of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. It is a time of giving and getting presents under the tree. It is a time of drinking egg nog and loosening our belts because we ate too much for dinner.

Christmas can also be a time of great stress and pain because of the loss we have felt over the past year or years. Losing a spouse. Losing a significant relationship. Losing a child. When we think on these losses, joy turns to sadness and depression. It’s a time of wishing that Christmas would just go away. For those who are experiencing Christmas in this way, I would encourage you to click on the link below as my daughter Debi, a psychologist and director of the counseling center at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago has written an article that helps us deal with the joy and pain of the Christmas Holiday. I hope you enjoy.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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