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For anyone struggling this Christmas

I came across this post on The Bridge Center for Hope and Healing’s Facebook page and thought it deserved to be shared with as many people as possible.

The pastor and activist who wrote it is new to me, but perhaps he shouldn’t be. He’s the author of several books including Hope and Other Superpowers: A Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifesto, which, frankly, I think should be read on the strength of its title alone.

John Pavlovitz’ website describes him as a “20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, (who is) is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities.”

He’s also the author of a popular blog called Stuff That Needs To Be Said and that’s the Truth behind this particular post, which was written for all those who are suffering as we approach Christmas.

It’s called, To Those Who Struggle This Christmas, and while it was written three years ago, it is entirely appropriate for the wreck of a year we’ve had in 2020.

If you’re struggling, go read it now.

Sometimes we just need to hear words that tell us that someone, somewhere, gets it. That somebody understands what it means to truly struggle and feel alone with the weight of that pain.

Pavlovitz understands.

I won’t quote the post here, because it deserves to be read in full. But if you are someone who is struggling this Christmas, I hope you read it.

There’s no life-changing message; but there is a world of compassion and understanding and hope.

Also, if you’re struggling know there are people who can help you including right here in the Southcoast. The Bridge in Dartmouth offers counseling sessions that can be accessed virtually without having to leave your home. Call them at 508-997-0903 if you’d like to make an appointment with a therapist.

Another resource, if you just need to talk to someone, is the Samaritans of FR/NB Inc. Their volunteers are trained listeners and open to those who just need someone to share their troubles with. Call them at 508-673-3777.

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