1. I’m so sorry about the passing of your mom, Jolene!
    I’m thankful for this writing, though. I’ve had a few years like this and I HAD to look for comfort, peace, and joy in God’s Word.
    Thank you for the hope that you write in this post!
    Love to you during this time, my friend!!

  2. Thanks Jolene this is just what I needed to hear this Christmas. Lost my mom exactly two months ago, it’s our first Christmas without her and it’s not so fun remembering her role when she was still alive. It’s like a dream but like you rightly said, there is time for everything, now is the time to celebrate the birth of my Lord so I will do just that. Merry Christmas.

  3. Bless you my dear Sister Friend Jolene Engel, my heart goes out to you as prayers go up for you in such a time as this. Rest in Him and abide in His love . Our Father will comfort and keep you.

  4. I’m so sorry, Jolene. Verses right now are not too comforting I am sure….time with other loved ones and all our prayers – may you feel them…..I will be praying. It’s been so long since you heard from me……I’m sorry for that, also. I am grateful I read this just now. Hugging you through the airwaves. Love and prayers, Cordy

  5. so sorry Jolene at the passing of your Mom…soo so sorry but thank you for sharing…may God bless you with His peace and grace.Its Never easy to part with Parents or loved ones for that matter..the pain is hard but there is joy in going to Jesus to find rest and healing!!..love Leah

  6. Jolene
    Thank you so much! I woke up this morning with the a “party hang over” . I scheduled well this Christmas and nothing had to be rushed. We had a great day on Christmas as a family.

    The question is all ways what now. Plenty of life still needs to be created but how do I rest without getting depressed. Instead I am so afraid of being depressed so I don’t rest.

    Thank you for the encouragement. Writing is a great release.

  7. I stumbled across this article, and I really wanted to thank you for it. A good friend of mine went home with Jesus two weeks before this Christmas, and while it made the Christmas spirit hard to get back into, it has been wonderful to watch Christ’s healing power. Thank you for these suggestions!

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