In the Himalayas

Therapists refer to the holiday season as “the Himalayas.”

That is because so many of their patients encounter extreme “ups and downs” during this season. They may be positively moved one moment by the cheerful spirit of Christmas and the hopes of a new year–only to be plunged into depression as they recall the political and social conflicts of the past year.

There’s not much that can be done about these ups and downs. They come with the territory.

But we can still remember the reason for the season. If we happen to fall into a bad mood, we can remember that Christ is still incarnate in his church, and he still brings light to a dark world. Whatever we feel at the moment, we can always turn to him. —J. Douglas Ousley

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