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  • Christine Ayala

Shalom to You

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Do you get caught up in the busyness of the Christmas season? Gifts, food, managing expectations, parties to attend?

Or, are you alone?

I’ve been both, and my heart fills with compassion for others during the holidays. I can remember when the ache of loneliness was so great that when I walked into church on Christmas Eve, I was overwhelmed when I saw the families coming in… and I turned around and went home.

I have also had those extremely busy Holidays when a lot was resting in my shoulders. I was just glad it was over…

But, I absolutely LOVE this time of year! My goal now is to spread peace, comfort and joy every chance I get - and not to get caught up in too much busyness.

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