‘Tis the Season

This is the time of year when we put up the Christmas tree, hang the Christmas lights, strategically place the decorations in the yard and gleefully go about eating cakes, cookies and pies so that we can gain the “seasonal seven” that everybody puts on and nobody worries about until New Year’s resolutions roll around.  It is indeed a joyous time of year as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.  With all of the festivities and giving of gifts it can be easy to forget that this time of year is not always joyous for everyone.  The holidays can be stressful times for those under financial strain who feel pressure to give presents but just don’t have the resources to show their love in a material way.  This time of year can also be stressful for those who have lost loved ones and who face the parties and “get togethers” without people that they have always shared important events with in their life.

As you go about your business and look forward to the fun and excitement of Christmas and the New Year pray for those who may be feeling down at this time.  Look for ways to reach out and include people who seem to be weighed down with worry or just sitting on the sidelines.  The Bible says in Proverbs 12:25

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.”  Proverbs 12:25

Share the love of Christ and see you who can lift up not only in prayer but also in word and deed.

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About pastorpstephens

I have been blessed to have served as a pastor and to have been involved in other ministries throughout the years. My wife Marta and I have been blessed with a wonderful family that includes our daughter, her husband and their two daughters and our son and his wife. Each of them are very special to us so please keep them all in your prayers. One truth that I always try to share with people I meet is that anything God asks you to do, He will help you to do. God has your back.
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2 Responses to ‘Tis the Season

  1. Reblogged this on ColorMeStunned and commented:
    Please take a minute to read this reblog!

    This idea of being depressed during the ‘most jolly time of the year’ is very near and dear to my heart for reasons I can’t go into. Nonetheless, be aware that the holidays are difficult for so many people. Depression, anxiety, and loneliness abound because of financial instability or the loss of a loved one, so don’t assume Thanksgiving and Christmas is a cheerful time for all.

    Instead, if you know about someone who has a tough time during the holidays, make it your goal to cheer them up without being overbearing. A kind word, a letter of encouragement, and just being there for them are great ways to send some positive energy to those under the weather.

    And don’t forget about those who seem cheerful, some people just don’t show their emotions. Be sure to show kindness to everyone, because everyone is fighting their own battle, even those who seem to have it all together. Take some time to sit down with someone and just have a conversation. One of the greatest gifts you can give is that of your time.

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