Alone for the Holidays

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Alone for the Holidays

As we enter the holiday season, we anticipate Christmas carol, decorations, and lots of good food. Everyone is cheerful, eagerly waiting for the upcoming festivities. You yearn to feel the same way, but you think you will spend the holidays alone. All you can think about is how lonely you are. Does that sound familiar? It does to many people.

While most people are excited to spend time with family and friends, some will spend the holidays alone. A recent break-up of a romantic relationship, or living far from home without money to travel can cause some people to dread the upcoming season. No matter which one you are, how can the upcoming season result in a celebration of life that would even put a smile on God’s face?

Loneliness can cause depression. Depression has many symptoms, such as irritability, sadness, dejection, or sleeplessness. If this sounds familiar to you, I encourage you to first, reach out to someone and let her know your situation. I know, easier said than done, right? Start with thinking outside of yourself. Is there at least one person you feel like you can invite to dinner, a movie or on a walk?

Don’t think you should or have to spend the holidays or life alone. God created in each of us the desire to fellowship because within Himself, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit exists continuous fellowship. You weren’t meant to be alone in life or in death. That is why He so desperately wants a relationship with each of us through Jesus Christ. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 31:6 “God will never leave you or forsake you.” A relationship with God means that He won’t leave you by yourself or abandon you for all eternity.

On the flip side, observe the people around you who may need a friend, not just for the upcoming season but also in life. I encourage you to take a little time out of your busy schedule to reach out and change someone’s perspective of her situation. Invite her to join you for a holiday meal or take a meal and spend some time with her.

When we let others into our lives and show others that we care about them, we join in the celebration of life that puts a smile on God’s face, who, after all, gave us the reason for the season!

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