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.