Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish (Psalm 25:16-17).
It’s almost here.
You know…the Holidays.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s a time of joy and peace and laughter and fellowship with the ones we love.
You know…for some.
For others, this can be a really lonely, empty time.
And it’s coming.
If you find yourself in Category A, and you love the holidays–in fact, you’ve already got Thanksgiving decorations up, with Christmas boxes down from the rafters and just waiting…I’m very glad for you. Enjoy, my friend.
If you’re stuck in Category B, and the dread is creeping in–I’m so sorry. I’ve been there, and I know that few things are as painful as watching others rejoice when you are in the pit. But know this, Beloved of Christ–
You feel lonely, but you are never, ever alone.
You feel empty, but His spirit fills you.
You weep, but you will laugh with the angels.
Look, I know that those words can feel empty and useless and meaningless in the face of all you’re dealing with today.
But they’re true.
You are loved by the One who knows you better than anyone else.
He knows you
He loves you.
Pretty amazing, ya?
So, if nothing else, rejoice in that today.
Because that’s a lot.
In fact, when you get right down to it
that’s pretty much everything.
Happy Monday, Beloved