Along with being a wonderful season of celebrating Christ’s birth, Christmas is also a time of “togetherness” – a time to gather with family, friends, and loved ones and fellowship with one another. For this very reason, it can be one of the most difficult times of year for those who find themselves alone during the holidays.
Our family is experiencing just a touch of Christmas Loneliness this year. For the first time ever, my wife and I will not be able to travel home to see our parents for the holidays (moving across state lines tends to do that!). While we’re looking forward to having Christmas in the mountains and beginning our own family traditions with our children, it still feels a little sad to not be with extended family during the holiday break.
Of course, this is nothing compared to the many sweet widows in the church we serve at, who have lost their husbands, live away from their grown children, and will be truly alone on Christmas Day. As we minister to these sweet ladies, I find myself grieving vicariously through them as they express the emotions they are struggling with.
For those who find themselves alone, Christmas can be a truly difficult time.
But it doesn’t have to be.
Isn’t that what the message of Christmas is all about? That we are not alone? That, in spite of our wickedness and selfish ways, God loved us enough to reach out across time and space and give us His very Son?
I’m not sure who this blog post is intended for, but I just feel that someone out there needs to hear this. If you’re facing the deep, raw ache of Christmas Loneliness this year, then know this:
You are not alone, because, you see…
God is with us.