by Mark (Doug’s twin brother) from Kyoto, Japan.

“What a title for your first guest blog,” you are thinking, right?

For thousands, perhaps for millions in the U.S. and Japan, Christmas is not a ho-ho- jolly time. The suicide rates soar at precisely “the best time of the year”.

If you are even down a little bit during the holiday season this year, I want to encourage you. You are not alone! Especially in my single years, and even some this year, I have experienced the blues of Christmas. What can you do? Where can you turn – especially when your family is far away or gone and most or all of your friends have left? Is there any hope to be found this Christmas?

My prayer is that as you read this that your heart will warm during these cold winter days! There is hope for you!

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