Though Christmas time to many is a time to gather, love and share in community, friends and family. There are those who have a difficult time this time of year, those who have lost a spouse, or close family member—any holiday can be a challenge. As a counselor, this has proven to be the most challenging time of year for many, for sure. I am writing this today to bring a new hope, a new perspective on this time of year. People experience loneliness much more during this time. C.S. Lewis quoted: “Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him, everything else thrown in.”
Martha Beck: “Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact.” So, it’s innate for us as humans to desire connection. Sometimes the only people around us, are ourselves and God. At these times we can enjoy memories of those loved ones still in our lives and focus on walking on. John 14:18 says, ” I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you.” This is so true. One of my mother’s favorite songs was: “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Here are the lyrics:
When you walk through a storm hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark.
At the end of a storm is a golden sky
And a sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone,
You’ll never, ever walk alone.
Ask Jesus into your heart, it will be the greatest gift that you have ever received or will ever receive. He came to sacrifice His life for our sins, and lost conditions. He lived, died and rose again for your new hope of eternal life! A new hope, a new beginning, and you will never walk alone! Merry Christmas everyone!