Some days are better than others.
On good days, you feel hopeful–festive, even–about the holiday season. The sight of a Christmas tree’s twinkling lights brings a smile to your lips. A Christmas jingle plays in the grocery store as you run some errands, and you find yourself humming along.
But then, out of nowhere and without warning, seeing your neighbor’s wreath fills you with dread. You think of all the reasons why you shouldn’t go to the Christmas party. And you can’t help but wonder why “the most wonderful time of the year” seems to be the worst time for you. It feels like everyone else is in the Christmas spirit and that you’re the only one feeling disconnected and alone.
You may or may not know why you feel this way. Perhaps this is your first Christmas without a loved one. Or maybe, because of a family disagreement, a family member you’re close to won’t be attending the Christmas celebrations this year. Maybe you feel stressed about not having enough money for Christmas gifts. Whatever the reason for your Christmas season sadness, the happiness that it’s supposed to bring just hasn’t come this year.
The good news is that even when you’re feeling lonely and upset, God promises to be with you. Christmas is about the journey Jesus made to come to us, to physically make his presence known on earth. God is present with you today, no matter how you feel.
If you’re feeling the Christmas blues, you can meditate on these reminders of God’s presence with us:
God, I feel disconnected, lonely and anxious. Help me to trust that you are near me and that you will protect me.
I rely on your constant love;I will be glad, because you will rescue me.
I will sing to you, O Lord,because you have been good to me. – Psalm 13:5-6 (FNTD)
Lord, I feel like nobody understands me. Remind me that you know me, understand all my thoughts, and see how I feel. Give me comfort in knowing that you see my darkest thoughts and love me just the same.
Lord, you have examined me and you know me.
You know everything I do;from far away you understand all my thoughts.
You see me, whether I am working or resting;you know all my actions.
Even before I speak,you already know what I will say.
You are all around me on every side;you protect me with your power.
Your knowledge of me is too deep;it is beyond my understanding. – Psalm 139:1-6 (GNTD)
God, I feel unlovable and unloved. Thank you for coming down from heaven to be with us and to save us. Your love for me is larger than I could even imagine. Show me that your love is enough for me. Thank you for protecting me, for listening to me and for loving me no matter what.
Lord, I know you will never stop being merciful to me.Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe. – Psalm 40:11 (GNTD)
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