A Sister's Christmas Blessing

  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 27, 2016

By Mary Ring the bells that can still ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in.*   As the sister of a survivor of clergy abuse, I have come to understand how, in the coming weeks, the darkness can seem...

Magic of the Holidays

  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 27, 2016

By Kathy, Founder As a child, I can recall many different emotions as the holidays came around. Before the age of seven, when abuse began for me, I recall the excitement, the joy, the magic of Christmas. Wondering each year what Santa was going to bring to me, in hopes...

Light in Darkness

  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 27, 2016

By Teresa, Founder I’ve made my peace with the agony-half of Christmas. Grief, abandonment, betrayal, fright and pain: they are mixed with happier memories and blessings in my life. Christmas is born into all of this, into my whole life, not just the merry me. Maybe having survived enough...

Jesus Saved My Christmas

  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 27, 2016

By Sooz, Founder At Christmas, the vision of Norman Rockwell’s holiday magazine cover was and indeed is everyone’s dream, however it truly wasn’t and still isn’t everyone’s reality. I was not mine. My reality during Christmas as I was growing up was a family pretending to be the Rockwell version...

Book Review: The Giving Tree

  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 27, 2016

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein (Large Print Hardcover) (New York: Harper & Row 1964) FEELING SPENT By The Book Worm I have a strategy for spending time with noisy human beings doing manic holiday things in the midst of all that complicated angst in family dynamics. Starting about ten...