So, not only do I have gifts wrapped up under the tree, I also have some extra emotional baggage to deal with this Christmas time. I'm praying a lot. I'm not forcing myself to be "happy-happy-joy-joy." On the other hand, I'm trying to keep myself from wallowing in the negative feelings. Keeping busy and the Jesus Prayer have been key in that regard. I'm not feeling compelled to provide "The Complete Christmas Experience" for everybody. This year I simply want to have a spirit of peace in my own heart.
Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.