To the Hurting Souls this Christmas:
Amidst the lights and pageantry, the carols and the cookies, in the shopping and wrapping and giving and returning — in the midst of all the togetherness, you feel lonelier than ever. I know. Me too, sometimes.
Why is this season so hard? We ask.
Where is everyone finding their joy?
Don’t they see the hate and the death and the destruction? Don’t they feel the overwhelming need to perform and please?
Why am I so alone in this?
Sweet soul, I’m going to let you in on a couple of secrets.
Here’s the first one: you are seen.
The Lord is near the brokenhearted;
He saves those who are crushed in spirit.
He sees your brokenness. It’s the whole point of Christmas, after all. Because of our brokenness—our broken, sinful world—He came near when He should have abandoned us completely.
He’s near, and He sees us.
He’s near for we desperately need His Love, His Mercy, His Grace. And all of it came down—humbled as a needy, nursing babe born in filth—to save us all.
And that leads me to the second secret: you are not alone in your hurting.
You can’t find one among us that isn’t hurting. We’ve all experience pain and loss and feeling like we will never be good enough. We will never get it right. We will never fit in—this side of heaven.
This is not our home.
We are all broken. We are all hurting. We all need a Savior—born on Christmas Day. And each of us could use a little kindness extended our way.
So as the openly broken yet ridiculously hopeful let’s be the ones who
are a little kinder,
smile a little more,
thank God for Jesus,
and look outside of our own pain into the eyes of the others hurting.
We know even when there is nothing to be joyful for here, our joy comes from our Hope in a forever without pain and forever with Love—wrapped in a manger, hung on a cross, and risen above.
Hold on, sweet soul, joy is coming. And that is worth celebrating.
Won’t you join me in celebrating?
Your fellow broken yet hopeful soul
For more holiday encouragement check out How to Prepare your Heart for the Holidays.
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