Has this been a hard year for you? Has the pandemic taken your loved one from you – or taken your financial security?
Has 2020 stolen your joy and peace?
Whether it’s grief, finances, an unwanted divorce or your own flawed choices, there’s a plethora of reasons your emotions could be on overload, especially now with Christmas descending upon you.
Perhaps you long to know we understand your pain as you grieve. How much you miss simple activities like singing your favorite songs with your sister on your porch swing, taking a Sunday afternoon drive with your beloved husband, or having your sweet fur baby cuddle at your feet while you watch TV.
Or maybe your pain has another source. You pray for the phone to ring when its silence screams loudly every day your kids don’t call. Or you feel weary from your constant relapses back into addiction.
You hate being a drag during the most wonderful time of the year. As a committed Christian, you truly want to “count it all joy” after losing your job, but you can’t quite do it – yet. Instead, you find yourself screaming, “I’m hurting!” at the jolly actors in the Christmas movies. (It’s so embarrassing when things unexpectedly set you off.)
What if I told you we understand more than we seem to? We know you’re going through a difficult time. But when we don’t seem to respond the way you need us to, would you forgive us? And not give up on us? Please know we want to get it right. We’re genuinely sorry when we expect more of you than you’re able to provide. And we’re sad that we can’t be there for you as much as you need us to be.
Most of all, realize that God will never abandon you. Take comfort from this powerfully reassuring scripture from Hebrews 13:5 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition:
For He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]
If you’re feeling beaten down by life, know there are people praying for you. May you feel our love (and especially God’s) this Christmas season.
What about you?
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