For many, this season is a time of love, joy, family and friends celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
For others, the holidays are a very lonely time. Much of this season has become about money, busyness, and unrealistic expectations. We watch the Christmas movies, remember times from our childhood and often have an expectation that reality cannot possibly live up to.
Some who are single think they could enjoy this Christmas season so much more if they were married. Those without children grieve thinking that Christmas is about children and that they cannot celebrate family traditions unless there are children in their midst. Some who are married and experiencing trying times in their relationship, miss the happier times and the past becomes their focus. Some people yield to the pressures that society and family members place on them which results in lack of rest, inner joy and peace.
There is reality and there is fantasy (false expectations). While we endeavor to enjoy this season, I encourage you to remember that the true reason for the season is the birth and life of Jesus Christ. That is reality. I also encourage you to let go of the fantasy and unrealistic expectations that no human can possibly fulfill.
This Christmas season you may be surrounded by wonderful family and friends; enjoy every moment of it.
However some of you may feel lonely, lost, and depressed. And especially for those who struggle with addictions, the holidays can be a much more vulnerable time.
Here are some suggestions to help you who are struggling in some way this season:
Get out a stick pin and “POP” the fantasy bubble that has been created.
Take action against the loneliness and depression.
My prayer for you:
Dear God, I ask you to touch the lives of those reading this. Help them to realize the true importance of this Christmas Season, which is the celebration of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I pray that each person would be able to find a peace in their heart and experience the joy in giving. I pray you would help those who are lonely and depressed to have the inner strength to reach out to You and also others. You say that when we do things “for the least of these,” we are doing something for You (Matthew 25:45). So, let them find someone in need and encourage their lives. Help us all to be able to focus on what we can give, not what we don’t have. I pray especially for those who are struggling with addictions and find the holidays to be especially challenging. Lord bring them inner strength and healthy outlets. Help each one to find the way of escape during the moment of temptation. Most of all, I pray that each person reading this would find the deepest joy they could ever imagine through You. Not a joy that depends on circumstances or seasons of life, but the deep, deep joy that only You can give. A joy that can remain in all seasons of life. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.
Are you going through a difficult season? Do you need help? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I am here to help and encourage you.
Have you found ways to combat loneliness and depression? I would love to hear from you!