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Jill Brisco is a women’s ministry advisor and author of several books, and in a message she gave she told a story about a friend of hers who is a schoolteacher in the Milwaukee school system. Just at the beginning of last semester, she was passing in the corridor by the lockers, and she came upon two 9-year-old children talking. One of them said to the other, “What sort of vacation did you have?” The little boy said, “Well it was sort of tough. My dad trashed me.” “Oh,” the other boy responded, “that’s tough. I know what it feels like, because my dad trashed me last year. Why don’t we be friends?”

As they stood looking at each other—9 years of age—describing their experience as children of divorce, of “being trashed,” the teacher was able to approach and put her arms around those two kids and say, “Let me tell you about someone who will never trash you.” You see Christmas tells us that God hasn’t trashed us

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