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Then Sings My Soul Saturday ~ Emmanuel

It's Then Sings My Soul Saturday when I link up with Amy of Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

I had the opportunity to watch a movie on TV yesterday called "The Perfect Gift". Emmanuel (You Are With Me) is from this movie and sung beautifully by Mark Smeby. The movie dealt with a broken family, "religion", people trying to take Jesus and the term Christmas out of this special day.

I don't know if Peggy of Amazing Grace will be joining us this week for TSMSS. But I wanted to say that she's been on my heart and on my mind. So, if you read this Peggy, know that I'm praying for you!

Christmas should be a time filled with joy because ...of the birth of our Savior.

But for many, it can also be a difficult time especially if they've experienced painful times and loss of loved ones.

My heart goes out to Melanie of Bella Mella and the loss of her precious son Andrew. So many have been praying for him.

And Loren of The Magoo News who just lost her dad after a long battle. We've been praying for him too.

Let us remember each one of them as this Christmas will be a difficult one for their families. I'm so thankful for the blogging community and how we can each encourage one another.

Debbie Petras
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  1. I totally agree with you sweetie.

  2. That was really pretty, Debbie. I will look out for that movie on TV. We will be praying for those friends. I will let Peggy know you mentioned her. Thanks for your sweet visit. Merry Christmas!

  3. Looks like a great movie - they are so hard to find.

    Thanks for sharing this and I am praying for you today sweet sister.

  4. Bless you Debbie!!!

    Thanks so much for the prayers! Of course, I have not seen "The Perfect Gift" and though this made me cry, what you wrote and the song... I know that "Emmanuel" is the PERFECT GIFT.

    Just having God with me keeps me going and I'm sure that is true for the rest, who I join you in praying for the Comforter to surround them too! I know that without HIM, the heaviness I feel would be more intense than I could bear. Bless you and Cathy (who emailed me your link). Heart breaks & grief are not the easiest to deal with during this JOYful season but knowing Emmanuel, is here as the Wonderful Counselor, is what holds me together with the prayers...thank you!!! I'm still believing & holding unto this:

    "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

    my Christmas verse...emphasis on Counselor...or Comforter...& PEACE!
    Peace be with you all. God bless!

  5. Bless your precious heart for the prayers of others and the beauty of grace in which you display here today Debbie!

    Sending lots of love and praising God for you in our lives!


  6. I agree Debbie. There seems to have been so many who have gone to be with the Lord lately. I just met a man who said his wife died last December 30th. It makes Christmas a sad time for so many. :o(

    I pray each will feel God carrying them.

    Love you & Merry Christmas!

  7. You are so right & I have been burdened this season for many who are hurting. God is stirring the saints to pray. Our hope is in Him! Thank you friend for being a shining star!

  8. Beautiful song. And what a comfort in the midst of sorrow to know Emmanuel.

  9. I read another reference to this particular movie on another blog...haven't seen this movie yet, but it sounds very good. So many losses this season...my best friend from high school lost her dad recently...the song you shared brings such comfort....

  10. This is a good choice Debbie of a lovely soong!

  11. thank you for this, Debbie. Pausing right now to pray for these precious friends you mentioned, a difficult time for so many. God bless you for caring like you do! Merry Christmas, Debbie. You are loved and cherished.

  12. Truly there is strength & comfort to be had when the Body closes in to nurture one of its own.

    God bless these, and all who hurt today.


  13. Can you believe that I am just now getting to the computer? John has been studying all week for a test (he is taking it now), and between him and Joseph, I hardly get a chance to sit in this seat....WIM (ha, have I created a new....?...hm, what do you call them?)
    The holidays can be hard, and I am trying to keep it a bit more simple this year. As you know, I even have a Charlie Brown tree, not too fancy this year. I love it!
    Love you, h.

  14. Debbie,
    You have such a precious heart to remember those who are hurting at this time. My prayers go with them, too.

    Never heard this song, but I really like it. Wish I had seen the movie.

    May you have a blessed Christmas!

  15. Video makes me want to cry. It's cool. Mark Smeby portrayed the emotions of the song so well. Here are positive thoughts for Peggy, Melanie and Loren. Peggy always leave encouraging comments on my TSMSS posts and to think she's the one having a difficult time. Thanks for a wonderful post. Debbie. Happy holidays to you and your family.

  16. Thank you Debbie, for your kind words on my blogs. You continue to be a blessing in my life and I'm glad I got to know you personally.
    Blessings for a very Merry Christmas.

  17. My mom passed away several years ago, and it was in August, not December, but we both love Christmas so much, this is the hardest time for me, not her birthday or the anniversary of her death.

    I think it is because I want to be able to share my kids joy with her and I can't.

    Great song.

  18. Thanks for dropping by my blog. This is such an amazing song and I really love it. I'd really like to see the movie, too. Thanks for sharing this song and thanks, too, for reminding us of those who are hurting this holiday season.

    This past Monday, little 2 y/o Bryson Ross lost his life after falling into a swimming pool. His mom, Sheila, is a blogger and posts regularly on Twitter. My heart just breaks for this family. Please keep them in your prayers as well.

    May you all hold your family members just a little closer and tell them you love them a little more often.....and may you experience the love of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, this wondrous Christmas Season.


    Teresa <><

  19. Wow a beautiful song, Debbie.

    you are right, Christmas will be hard for many people this year. May our Lord will be with them as their had to say goodbye for a while...

  20. That is a beautiful song Debbie, how are things going with you?
    The older I get the more meaning Christmas has and I refuse to say Happy Holidays...I look people right in the eye and say Merry Christmas.

  21. A lovely song. I missed that movie. It sounds like one I would enjoy. I will keep an eye out for it. Have a great weekend. Doylene

  22. Debbie - Thank you so much for the beautiful words you wrote about my song and for sharing it with your blog-peeps. It means a ton to me for people to get to hear, and be encouraged by the song. Glad you liked the movie too!! Blessings on you in the New Year! Mark


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