Christmas isn’t always the most wonderful time of the year.
Songs and movies like to paint beautiful pictures of the holidays, but most of us know that life is rarely that rosy.
Beyond the decorations, the lights, the food and other festivities, hurting hearts are longing for relief.
As much as Christmas has the power to be comforting and joyful, it also has the power to significantly magnify feelings like grief and loneliness.
Maybe you lost a loved one and the emptiness of the holidays seems unbearable.
Maybe you recently lost an important relationship, or you feel the weight of familial estrangement.
Maybe you struggle with a chronic illness and are struggling to be content this Christmas, wondering how much better life would be if you had a healthy body.
Loss hurts. Christmas has a way of making that pain seem even more acute.
And you know what? That’s okay.
If you don’t feel like celebrating this year, you don’t have to justify that to anyone. Christmas is hard and it’s okay to feel that deeply.
If you’re struggling this holiday season, I want to encourage your heart with truth.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
God doesn’t promise to take your pain away, but He promises to be near to you. Christmas reinforces this truth in such beautiful ways.
Jesus left heaven to draw nearer to us. Literally.
He left perfection to be a helpless baby. He left his holy home to live among wretches, sinners and thieves. He came to dwell among us. He came to be with us and make a way for us to be with Him forever.
Friend, you can find comfort in the presence of the Lord this holiday season.
God doesn’t expect you to be holly and jolly this Christmas… you don’t have to fake it for Him or anyone else.
God sent His Son to dwell among us and bring our hurting hearts hope.
God still wants you to find hope in that today.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
God will give you strength this holiday season. He will hold you close. He will even carry you if He has to.
When you feel too weak to hold on to Him, let Him hold onto you.
Let His presence comfort you in your heartache.
Remember His love and His dedication to drawing near to you this Christmas and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
Christmas doesn’t have to be merry and bright to be beautiful.
This is so true Allie! The holidays bring on extra work and events to attend or be involved with and we humans seem to pack more things in than what we have time and the energy to accomplish them! I guess we also need to pace ourselves so we don’t burn out before the holiday even gets here! Praying for the energy, stamina, and learning to pace out you items so you can enjoy the most of our Christmas holiday! God Bless and keep your pen busy!
So did you have me in mind when you wrote this? I know God has me in mind. I cried through church today at Cross Road in Ames. It was hard having my Mom’s side Christmas without either parent there. But we stayed with our boys and got to see Holly so a great time also. It has been a Joy to see how you have chosen Truth. And your willingness to share it with others. Keep up the good work please we need it!! Any plans/dreams for 2020?
Love you 😘
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Aww Joyce thank you for reading and commenting! I’m glad you were able to find joy in being with your kids even tho I know it’s really hard this year. Praying for you, friend! My biggest plan/dream right now is finishing 2019 with a good attitude lol. Love you! ❤