One thing that I always find myself forgetting this time of year is how many people around me are hurting.
The Christmas season doesn’t represent a festive, joy-filled, ugly sweater-clad holiday for everyone. Just because Christmas and the entire celebrating month falls at the end of every calendar year, doesn’t mean that life suddenly comes to a halt for people.
There are families that are celebrating without their dad this year.
There are families that are gathered around hospital beds instead of Christmas trees.
There are couples who are simply trying to get through the season, even faking smiles, just so that they can break the news of their divorce to their children after the holidays.
There are women who, at the mall, brush past the Kay Jewelers engagement ring sale, feelings of loneliness creeping in, as they think about spending another Christmas alone.
There are families that won’t see their loved ones for months, as they fight overseas to defend our freedoms.
There are couples whose hearts ache at the sight of their friends Christmas cards, their fertility struggles bringing feelings of isolation and sadness.
To put it plainly: there are people that are hurting, and yearn for it to be anything but the Christmas season.
As we enter this season that represents thanksgiving, joy, and celebration, remember that there are so many around you that are hurting. Remember that while you may be anticipating the events, holiday outfits, and gifting of presents, there are many who wish that the season would never happen again.
This year, I encourage you to not hide your enthusiasm for Christmas, but simply to become aware of the hurt around you.
Know someone that is struggling with loss? Send them a letter.
Know someone that is dealing with sickness this season? Ask if you can make them a meal.
Know someone that is facing loneliness? Invite them to spend time with your family.
You can’t solve the problems that come, and you cannot bring loved ones back, but you can give people a shoulder to lean on.
Remember not to try to solve the problems that they are dealing with, or try to replace the loss with something else, but to simply be there for them.
Share words of love from Gods word, pray for them, pray with them, encourage them to be with the body, but be careful not to force anything on them.
Sometimes as Christians, all we can do is:
- Be there for them.
- Let God’s love shine through you with your actions, presence, and words.
God calls us to pay extra attention to those in need, and we can do this by simply showing up for our community.
If you need prayer during this season, or know someone that does, please let me know! Reply to this email with your requests — I’ll be praying over every single one.
With you always,
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TODAY’S PROMPT —
This morning, I want you to think of one person you know that is hurting this Christmas season. Today, make sure this person knows you care about them.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING —
“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 (ESV)