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Joy to the World? Churches deal with holiday grief

from Associated Baptist Press

Ever since an angel announced good news to shepherds working the night shift, Christians have associated the birth of Jesus with joy. But some people who have experienced significant loss in the recent past find a season of celebration observed against a soundtrack of “Joy to the World” a bit hard to handle. Churches can help reduce the pain for grieving people by dialing back expectations and not heightening the pressure, chaplain Mark Grace said. When Grace, vice president of mission and ministry at the Dallas-area Baylor Health Care System, speaks to churches about grief and bereavement during the Christmas season, he begins by urging congregations not to buy into the holiday hype. more

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