Most of us think of Christmas as a time of sharing and enjoying the company of friends and family. It is a time of year that is different than any other time filled with festivities and good cheer. We tend to feel more at peace and content.
Unfortunately, Christmas does not bring about similar feelings for everyone. There are many believers who spend Christmas Day alone. When it comes to friends and family they have either withdrawn or have been casted aside.
There are no gifts under the tree (in fact there may not even be a tree). There is no aroma of a turkey baking in the oven. There is no kissing taking place under the mistletoe. There are no smiling faces looking back at them.
But even if they are surrounded by people they may be feeling empty inside. There is no joy in their hearts.
How did they get in this place? Well, for a host of reasons including:
- Widows or widowers who are experiencing their first Christmas without their spouse
- Soldiers on assignments that keep them miles apart from their families
- Those who are struggling through a separation or going through a divorce
- Individuals who have not found a partner and feel unloved and unwanted
- Elderly individuals who have been forgotten or abandoned by family
- People suffering from addictions or mental illness that have been worn out their welcome with family members
The list can go on and on. Christmas can be a difficult time for individuals who feel heartbroken and alone. But it doesn’t need to be. Because they truly are not alone. God is with them and feels the depth of their emotional pain.
Set aside time to pray these individuals come to experience the Grace of God during this Christmas season. That their eyes are open to His amazing love and that they understand they are not suffering alone.
And if you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by loving people this Christmas, be sure to thank God for the many blessing He has given to you.