Christmas is often called the most wonderful time of the year, marked by smiling faces, excitement in the air, and friends and family gathered to celebrate Christ’s birth. Yet for those dealing with feelings of loneliness, the Christmas season can be brutal.
Maybe you feel like you are on the outside looking in. Everyone else seems joyous and peaceful and loved. Meanwhile, all you feel is alone, peering in at others’ seemingly perfect world and wishing you could grasp just a fraction of that joy. The disappointments of life seem so unfair and the hurt just… hurts.
Maybe you’ve lost a loved one this year. Maybe your marriage has disintegrated or is teetering on the edge of divorce. Perhaps you’re miles away from family or you’re longing for a marriage and family of your own. Maybe you’re facing a serious illness and the joy of Christmas seems out of reach.
Although the feeling of loneliness isn’t something easily ignored, the Bible offers hope for times like these. God’s Word makes it clear that, although we may feel lonely, we will never actually be alone again.
- When you feel forgotten.
So the Lord answers, “Can a woman forget her own baby and not love the child she bore? Even if a mother should forget her child, I will never forget you.” – Isaiah 49:15
- When your family is nowhere to be found.
My father and mother may abandon me, but the Lord will take care of me. – Psalm 27:10
- When you feel like everyone is happy, but you.
You will do everything you have promised; Lord, your love is eternal. Complete the work that you have begun. – Psalm 138:8
- When you can’t feel God’s presence.
If I flew away beyond the east or lived in the farthest place in the west, you would be there to lead me, you would be there to help me. – Psalm 139:9, 10
- When you feel unloved.
The mountains and hills may crumble,but my love for you will never end; I will keep forever my promise of peace.” So says the Lord who loves you. – Isaiah 54:10
- When you need to be reminded why Jesus was born.
A child is born to us! A son is given to us!And he will be our ruler. He will be called, “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,” “Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
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