Christmas movies, lights and activities around us make it appear that Christmas is a time of cheer for all. We can get swept up in that sentiment as we shop, and sit around our Christmas tree watching mushy movies. What about those that are struggling? The movies don’t often portray the ones that are sitting on the streets, alone. Sitting in their living room, the first Christmas without their spouse. What about the ones that have never had a Christmas filled with family and love? Or those that are cold and hungry. We might not see them in our circle of friends, or do we? Are there people around us that are struggling with the “joy” of the season and we don’t know it.
Christmas sadness and depression is a real “thing” for some, and one that deserves attention. Commercials paint families happy and life jolly, how can we help each other through seasons of Christmas sadness?
What would you bring to help? I am not an authority on depression, but I am one who believes that we all need to know we are loved by someone much bigger than our pain and circumstance. For me, the offering I bring to those that might read this that are struggling, is this. Tangebly I can’t bring you the hand of God in a physical way. I can’t wrap His arms around you so that you can physically feel Him. I can promise you however that I know that He is there, loving you, and sees every tear.
"You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?" Psalm 56:8
He came as a baby, sent by God, God’s own Son. He grew up in this world and knew first hand the sorrow and pain that we as people feel. He didn’t just stand in Heaven and look down and ask us to muddle our way through life alone. He came, was familiar with grief and pain, to take the penalty for the stuff that we do in life that separates us from God. He gave us an opportunity to know that He didn’t want us to be separated from Him and His gift was to save us. The Life, Death and Resurrection seals that love, but we have to ask Him to come to our life .. we have to invite Him. He wont’ push. He won’t stand over you with the heavy thumb, He waits for an invite. When you do, life isn’t magically fixed, but what does happen is assurance that not only will we be able to spend eternity with Him, but that we have the Holy Spirit to walk this life with us. He is called the comforter by Jesus, He didn’t leave us alone.
All of us hit times of sadness, depression or fear, for some it is a way of life created by a path that is difficult to get off of. Either through circumstances, or through illness, or through addition and for some a choice. Only God knows each of our hearts. Having Christ in your life isn’t just to go to church, that is actually the smaller part of it. Having Him in our life means having assurance of eternity with him and the help on the inside to manuver life as we know it, church is there as a place to worship God together and to be His hands and feet in each others life. That is not just on the inside of the church but as individuals and as churches to reach to the community with His hands and feet to help others know they too are not alone. No one inside a church is there because they are better, they are their because they have discovered that they are not alone, they found a saviour who loves them enough to die for them. Churches are hospitals for broken people, all of us are broken.
"And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
If you don’t know Jesus as Saviour, let me introduce you to Him. He came as a babe, loved all and sacrificed His life and is waiting to be part of your life. Yours is the invitation He is waiting for. In your struggle and sadness or in the sadness of those around you, He is there. May this Christmas bring you the joy of this baby that was born to die and rise again for you and for me.
Merry Christmas from me, Jackie to all of you and your families. If I can pray for you through this time of year please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pray for you.
If you, or someone you know is struggling with depression, suicide or shows signs of harming themselves or others and needs to have someone to contact to help them through this time, please check out the crisis line in your community or go to your nearest hospital or church or police station and someone will get you to the help you need.
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