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Letter: If someone’s missing at Christmas

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

Christmas is a gathering time for families who often have a lot of traditions. If a loved one has passed away during the year, it can cause some sadness. Here are some thoughts to help you if you’re dealing with that situation.

Do you know how to tell if your work for the Lord is finished? If you’re still alive, it isn’t. As long as you’re alive, He has work for you. When the work is all finished, He’ll take you home.

I’ve also seen a Christmas tree decoration with an appropriate poem on it that says, “Don’t be sad and don’t shed a tear. I’m spending Christmas with Jesus this year.”

Black people in New Orleans years ago (and possibly still) observed the passing in a different way. The viewing, trip to the cemetery and burial were somber and sad occasions. Then there was singing and dancing on the way back to a reception and party (“When the saints go marching in” was a favorite song). Their reasoning was their loved one was now in a much better pla...

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