That being said, Christmas is also a difficult time for me, a somewhat lonely time with my children grown and scattered and no one to share the day to day joys of shopping and decorating, attending parties and celebrations. At times I feel very lonely, adrift in a new state with many acquaintances but no fast friends. I understand this is a season in my life, but at times I can feel overwhelmed by the feelings of sadness and loss. I am sure I am not alone in feeling this way. For those who have experienced a death, a divorce, or whose children are grown and living at a distance, the experience and emotions may be very similar.
For those haunted by the spirit of Christmas past with painful memories of Christmas neglect or abuse, this can be a time when the hurts of the past surface and disappointments rip scabs off old scars. It can be a time of unmet expectations, painful memories and sadness.
I prayed, journaled and cried. I poured out my heart and really shared my feelings with God. Slowly, I realized that the true reason for this season has not changed, God is in love with me. Maybe that is what I most needed to be reminded of. Jesus came to earth to let me know He loved me and would always be with me. As I breathed in this truth, I felt more peaceful and grateful.
Do not hesitate to cry out to God if you are feeling lonely or struggling this holiday season. God has not forgotten you! He sent his only son to show how much He Loves You! Receive that love today, no matter how lowly you feel. Be open to receive His love through others, however unexpected it may be.
And if the Holy Spirit inspires you to reach out to someone in your life, don't hesitate to take that step. You may be the arms and hands of Christ bringing Christmas cheer and joy to someone who needs to feel His love.