Although Christmas is my favorite time of year, Christmas is not “merry” for many.
The holiday season can become a catalyst that accentuates grief, sparks depression and brings about a range of emotions, some of which we would rather not face. Not everyone has a legacy of Christmas memories that leave them feeling warm and cozy.
This Christmas will be one for many who are struggling with loss, and a great number of them may be relieved when the holidays are over.
And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Some people may very well need to tend their wounds instead of catering to the expectations of other people.
Insisting those who are hurting be joyful is unrealistic. We can’t always understand someone’s pain, but we can certainly respect it.
By faith, I am trusting God that much joy and laughter awaits us this Christmas.
One reason we celebrate the birth of Christ is the promise of a new life that doesn’t suffer the ills and pains of this earthly world. Those who trust Him have a promise of something better for eternity.
Through faith, we win the mental battle that allows us to see the light that eventually breaks after every storm. Jesus is the Light of the world elevating us above despair and defeat. If you are feeling overcome, look to the Light!
Call on Him.
If you are hurting this Christmas season, my prayer is that you receive His peace on earth and goodwill from men!
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NKJV