This is actually a very uplifting post by the husband of an old friend.  Check out his blog, The Jazz Evangelist.

The Jazz Evangelist

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Seasons Greetings!

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I wrote this little epistle 16 years ago, alone, late at night, after attending a Christmas Eve church service that left me feeling depressed and a bit sickened.  It was all so shallow & sparkly – the smiles and greetings so hollow & phony, as if everyone was covering up some secret pain.   Thus . . . I went home, and I vented by writing down my thoughts & feelings – and the words began to change and take on the quality of a prayer.  Instead of being a rant, it turned into a sermon of sorts that convicted me of my own delusions and helped deconstruct my destructive expectations & judgements.  God spoke, and it changed my mood.  Christmas became “real” for me for the first time in many years.

So . . . I revisit and update…

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