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Not every home's experience of Christmas can be depicted in a Trisha Romance painting. Christmas can be stressful, even for Christian families. Read De-Stressing Family Christmases for some insights from experts on how to create merry memories this Christmas.

Stress affects most of us, but de-stressing our lives can be difficult even for those who know Christ. For our friends who don't, it may be too much to bear. Pass the article There Is a Hospital for the Soul in Your Town to a friend who needs the love and support of a caring local church family.

Thankfully, church is usually a refuge, but sometimes church leaders who mean well miss the mark. When control creeps into a local fellowship, some can get wounded. Knowing some of the characteristics of spiritual abuse and its effects can help us identify and avoid it (see Spiritual Abuse Destroys Faith).

This week I am also pleased to highlight a host of excellent opinion pieces. For instance, see why Lorne Gunter thinks that Preston Manning can be considered one of Canada's most important public intellectuals (see Preston Manning). Also, read Colby Cosh's article Canada's Silent Majority. Though this article is written by someone who holds a pro-choice position on abortion, we deemed it worthy of your attention. And another—an excellent article for anyone who has a relationship with kids—No Cozy Answers. Kids watch. Kids listen. Kids wonder and question our behaviour. What are we teaching them?

Also, if you wonder how to approach the next election, please read Janet Epp Buckingham's weblog (see A Vision for Canada). She raises questions only you can answer.

Rest in Him, have a stress-free week, and please pray for the Christians held captive in Iraq (see CPTers Missing in Iraq)!

Daina Doucet
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