Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Blue Christmas

Sometimes we get all wrapped up in our own holiday celebrations and traditions that we forget about those around us that are experiencing what we label a blue Christmas. A Christmas that for some reason is not very joyous or celebratory.

Maybe the family that lost their job and have no way to pays their bills and put food on the table much less buy Christmas presents for their kids.

What about those who are spending their first Christmas without mom or dad?

A soldier overseas whose only Christmas tree is one fashioned out of Christmas cards above his bunk.

The parents who've lost their precious baby (no matter what age).

The elderly spending a Christmas alone in the nursing home because their families live too far away to visit.

Those who have chosen a lifestyle that has distanced them from their families, so they are no longer welcome.

The parents waiting by the bedside of their little one who has just received the unthinkable diagnosis.

Some around us just don't feel like celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior...they are too burdened down with the cares of this world. Burdened down with horrible grief and loss. Let's do what we can to "bear one another's burdens" this Christmas. Let's pray for those who need a special comforting touch from above. Then do what we can to ease their heavy load.

"God comforts us in all our afflictions so that we may be able to
comfort them which are in trouble, by the comfort
wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4


The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow...
Psalm 34:18


I love you Mom, I'm thinking of you today!

2 comments:

  1. I've been thinking about this a lot lately, C.
    I know so many who feel so heavy-hearted this year because of financial circumstances, health issues, and the loss of loved ones. Praying doesn't always feel like "enough" but it's just as important as other simple gestures. Thanks for posting this!

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  2. Thank you. I have a package of treats in my car for an elderly man that we like to surprise with little gifts every so often. Where he lives is not convenient and I have put off going by there all week. This morning I was thinking that I could just do it next week. But, you are right. I need to take the time to do it today!
    My dad died 2 weeks before Christmas, when I was 17. Grief is so difficult during the Christmas season. Thanks for the reminder.

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