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Good Morning! I pray that as we embrace the middle of this week, all
is well or getting better for everyone. The holidays typically are saturated
with scents, sounds and shopping. However, for some, it brings sadness.
The holidays are difficult for some because this is not a time for
celebrating. Certain activities, songs or different events are sorrowful
triggers of memories of loved ones who are no longer here. For others, it
can be a constant reminder of a societal or wrongfully accepted status (that
until the holidays) which remains annually compartmentalized: I am single, I
am a widow/widower. I am divorced. I am alone. Even being in a room full of
people, a person can still feel as if they are alone or lonely.
First of all, you are never alone. Also recognize that unlike what some people may
think or believe, it is okay to have your feelings. Even Jesus felt like He
was in the world all by Himself(Matthew 27) Your life is live, not a reality
show or the movies. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other forms of social
media can wreak havoc on your mind if you allow it. Talk to God and share
what’s on your mind and heart. If you know someone that you are
comfortable in revealing your concerns, do it. Reaching out and gathering
with old/new friends is another way to combat the holiday blues. Try and
treat yourself to something special. It can be a steamy, aromatic bath, buy
something for yourself, read and relax with a good book or veg out on some
movies or a television sitcom/show. Try to volunteer and fill your time with
or by helping others. There is nothing like performing community service to
remind you of how blessed you really are.
Family, when we are blessed to celebrate any holiday, that is a present in itself. Unwrap the joy of the knowledge that you are loved. Let the Light of God shine in your heart instead of lonesomeness. A kind word extended is always better than a mouth that stays closed due to self-imposed isolation. The more you open yourself
up to the gifts that God has surrounded us with, the better you will feel.
Psalm 23:4, 38:9, 62:8
” Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear
no evil: for thou are with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God
is a refuge for us. Selah”