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  • Rainbow
    Rainbow
    Posted on:
    17th Nov 2011 04:22pm

    Last Post 15th Apr 2016
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    How do you feel about christmas? love it? hate it?

    Do you wish Christmas would come and go quickly or do you look forward to it with great enthusiasm? Do you believe Christmas has lost its meaning given all the materialistic connotations associated with it or does it still have a special place in your heart? Reply


  • Jade Simpson
    Jade Simpson
    Posted on:
    21st Nov 2011 07:25pm

    Jade Simpson says: I love putting up our tree and decorations and have old timer xmas carols while we do it and I enjoy buying presents for my son to put under the tree. But I don't have any family here to celebrate xmas with, so the actual day is a bit sad really.

  • kath
    kath
    Posted on:
    21st Nov 2011 09:40pm

    Jade Simpson says: I love putting up our tree and decorations and have old timer xmas carols while we do it and I enjoy buying presents for my son to put under the tree. But I don't have any family here to celebrate...

    kath says: Christmas is suppose to be all about family kids opening there presents sadly that doesn,t happen alot family intersate , breakdowns it can be avery sad time for alot of people

  • steve
    steve
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    21st Nov 2011 11:37pm

    kath says: Christmas is suppose to be all about family kids opening there presents sadly that doesn,t happen alot family intersate , breakdowns it can be avery sad time for alot of people

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to make friends becourse I was brought up in opanges were people treated me like I was nothing.The only reason I do not kill myself is becourse my faith teacher that suicide is a sin if you know it is and I know & believe what i am told becourse I believe unlike a lot of people that the church I belong to is led by phrophet.That church is THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS.

  • galsweetie
    galsweetie
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 06:07am

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    galsweetie says: Hi steve , I am truly sorrow to hear your unhappy xmas years.
    It is good that you have your faith and have not done any harm to yourself.
    Imagine the pain that it would cause others that do know you , and we dont really know whats on the other side and it could be worse that what its like today.
    I have had the same thoughts in the past when I have had depression in a bad way , but I always think of my family & friends and how they would feel if I had done something .
    I hope that things get better for you & there is always help from alot of qualified people , you just need to reach out and you will get through it like I have.

    Take care and be strong

  • kath
    kath
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 09:41am

    galsweetie says: Hi steve , I am truly sorrow to hear your unhappy xmas years.
    It is good that you have your faith and have not done any harm to yourself.
    Imagine the pain that it would cause others that do...

    kath says: you have very positive attitude it,s good to see alot of people have done it hard including me sometimes it is hard to keep going but because i,ve nearly lost my life 3 times i know i want to live i,ve seen the other side it isn,t nice

  • aedna
    aedna
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    18th Dec 2015 10:53am

    kath says: you have very positive attitude it,s good to see alot of people have done it hard including me sometimes it is hard to keep going but because i,ve nearly lost my life 3 times i know i want to...

    aedna says: Hi Kath. I haven't seen the other side but I believe that unless you really try to be bad you go to a loving, caring place. Just keep being the best you can. All your pain and weaknesses are understood by something with a bigger heart than you or me. I don't understand how people can kill in the name of God. I just put them in my attention and wish for them to open their hearts and see that destroying creation, torturing others is just evil. If their hearts could be opened they would really understand what worship is about. I hope that you get the gift of peace. All the best.

  • keith
    keith
    Posted on:
    11th Jan 2016 04:31pm

    galsweetie says: Hi steve , I am truly sorrow to hear your unhappy xmas years.
    It is good that you have your faith and have not done any harm to yourself.
    Imagine the pain that it would cause others that do...

    keith says: the lord doesn't want us to be depressed that is why we have a bible to read if this is the case

  • Fatface
    Fatface
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 07:15am

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    Fatface says: Hello Steve, As I understand it, the LDS Church are very close and family orientated, isn't there someone in your church who wold welcome you to their table on Christmas Day?

  • Helen
    Helen
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 10:56am

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    Helen says: Steve I too struggle with depression,
    So I would remind you that God has said you are precious and of value.
    He made the Universe, so who is to argue with him.??
    well I guess they are allowed to be wrong !


  • mismoo
    mismoo
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 06:18pm

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    mismoo says: Steve please do feel that way, you would be missed. You don't realise how many people care because they are scared to say so. I know how it feels to have someone take their own life because of how they're feeling and I beg you not to do to others what was done to me. I care.

  • AnneGirl
    AnneGirl
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    23rd Apr 2015 02:39pm

    mismoo says: Steve please do feel that way, you would be missed. You don't realise how many people care because they are scared to say so. I know how it feels to have someone take their own life because of how...

    AnneGirl says: I know all to well, for those who are left behind is great heartache and only faith in God can sustain.

  • Jade Simpson
    Jade Simpson
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    23rd Nov 2011 12:01am

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    Jade Simpson says: Yes it seems to be a very good and welcoming church to belong to

  • twelve
    twelve
    Posted on:
    23rd Nov 2011 12:43am

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    twelve says: Steve, I agree that Christmas is a great time for families to get together but, of course , they should get together a lot more often than that. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and to celebrate the greatest miracle of all. It's not about gifts and food which are entirely commercial ideas to make money. You are not alone at Christmas or at any other time as long as you have Christ in your life who watches over you at all times. The truely lonely ones are those who do not have God even if they are surrounded by people, they are alone. Steve, when Christmas comes around all you have to do is talk to Jesus, just as you would talk to anyone. Have conversations with him at anytime and you will be blessed with peace and contentment. Works a treat, I know, I do it a lot. I'll be praying for you and have a GREAT CHRISTMAS WITH THE LORD.

  • aedna
    aedna
    Posted on:
    18th Dec 2015 10:44am

    twelve says: Steve, I agree that Christmas is a great time for families to get together but, of course , they should get together a lot more often than that. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and to...

    aedna says: Hi Steve. I so agree with you. I get prickles on my skin with all this buy, buy, buy and Santa Claus. All the hype aggression and panic for one day of the year. If only we could just have a day when we celebrate a special birth that gave us all hope, gave us something to aim for. Don't mind a party but lets separate the two. Give the children their presents and have a good feed and it can even be for Santa Claus if that's what you want but let's also just have a day of quiet celebration. All children are special but this is a day to remember when our lives were changed for the good. No dollars or cents can make up for it. I am old so my family have mostly died. Nephews, nieces - well I'm just not on their wavelength so they don't want to know me. However I know we are all here for a purpose not as great as our Savior but my task is to get up each day and do my best to be positive influence in such a negative atmosphere.

  • aedna
    aedna
    Posted on:
    15th Dec 2014 05:48pm

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    aedna says: I can relate to what you say. I was told I shouldn't have been born. Thank goodness I have had help with that but there were times when I felt like doing something harmful to myself. That's why I am all for family, the importance of valuing and respecting life. No child should feel they are not wanted. I feel happy when I hear that people who don't want children make sure they don't have any. Society shouldn't expect everyone to have a child when not everyone likes children.

  • Emae
    Emae
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    12th Apr 2015 02:42pm

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    Emae says: Good on you Steve for over coming suicide, I would not understand the emotional life of being in an orphanage or what you would've experienced during your life, & as you know not your family traits, we are your family, your brothers & sisters in the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints...I also know that your Father nHeaven & our Saviour Jesus Christ LOVES YOU VERY MUCH!
    Why we celebrate Christmas is in remembrance of His Son (Jesus Christ) birth as Gods only begotten son who came to earth to fulfil His Fathers (God) promise to help each & everyone of us to learn how to return home to our Fathers Kingdom...
    It is a sad time for many who know not where they're from, who they are or where they're going & who do not have family support, but know this...He knows you, you are His child, we are all His children
    He sent His Son to give us comfort, strength, knowledge & Love that we may follow in His footsteps
    Remembering the significance of what Christmas means...To Love one Another, to be forgiving, to be truthful to yourself, those around you & your Father nHeav', to Love God as He loves you, to Love your children, husband & wife as equally


  • lynneeime
    lynneeime
    Posted on:
    3rd Feb 2016 06:29pm

    steve says: Kath if it was not for my friends I am afraid I might do something supid like killing myself becourse I have had very few christmases with family or friends.I am someone who finds it very hard to...

    lynneeime says: Dear Steve
    I can relate to some of your story. Not about being an orphan but being suicidal. My mum died on Christmas Day and it is very hard even though she has been dead for 42 years. You never forget that day and I still get depressed around Christmas. I have tried suicide many times, thankfully I was saved each time. It is great to have a Christian faith. My church family were very helpful and now I am a lot better. I take my medication without fail because if I don't, I will slide towards that black hole. I have learnt how to celebrate Christmas with my family and grandchildren and think about my mum when I am not around them. I love and miss my mum but Christmas is about the birth of Christ and my family.

  • Disie
    Disie
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 04:14pm

    kath says: Christmas is suppose to be all about family kids opening there presents sadly that doesn,t happen alot family intersate , breakdowns it can be avery sad time for alot of people

    Disie says: I agree with you Kath. I am in the same position and Christmas to me just brings up sad memories. I stay away from as much of it as possible.

  • Emae
    Emae
    Posted on:
    12th Apr 2015 03:01pm

    Disie says: I agree with you Kath. I am in the same position and Christmas to me just brings up sad memories. I stay away from as much of it as possible.

    Emae says: Try not to be sad Disie, memories are treasure banks of when we reflect back on our pasts & see what we've done, where we're going & what we have overcome in the many challenges were faced with throughout life...you can still celebrate Christmas with or without family or friends...you can contact any religious Organisation & ask about attending any celebratory Christmas events they may be having...your never alone if you are able to reflect on what Christ means to you & if you do not know Him & would like to...kneel down & pray from your heart with all your might & ask Him to help you know more about which direction you should take, if you ask, you will receive an answer in your heart...it may happen instantly or it may take awhile, but He will answer your prayer...you can ask Him anything that your in Help of, that is a need & not a want...you can talk to Him anywhere, because He hears you...you are not alone

  • trix56
    trix56
    Posted on:
    22nd Nov 2011 07:31pm

    kath says: Christmas is suppose to be all about family kids opening there presents sadly that doesn,t happen alot family intersate , breakdowns it can be avery sad time for alot of people

    trix56 says: Yes, all my daughters and 5 young grandchildren live interstate. I simply can't afford to visit this Christmas. My 19yo son here with me and partner of 7 years but it still won't be the same. Partner has 4 grandchildren of his own who we may see on Christmas Day but it is very much a "maybe" situation.
    I really wanted to give Christmas a miss this year but the chance of having at least some children around has perked me up a bit.
    I think Christmas is mostly for the kids.

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