It’s that time of year again. The lights have been strung. The music is now 24/7 Christmas tunes. Everyone is swarming the malls. The kids are chomping at the bit to get out of school for winter break. And somewhere down the street, in the car next to you, in the next cubicle sits a person who isn’t so excited about all of this. Perhaps they lost a loved one this year. Maybe this is their first Christmas after the divorce. Or, they are simply . . . sad.
I believe those of us hurrying about our festive Christmas cheer can easily forget this it’s not so “cheery” for many among us. Just this past year alone we laid to rest 15 of our dear church members. And, there were more who were laid to rest that are simply related to some of our church members. Many hearts are aching this Christmas and with good reason. They miss their loved one.
Whatever reason someone is hurting today, it is real and something we need to be aware of. Do you know someone who needs some support? Can you tell that they are not quite as chipper as the rest of us? I encourage you to reach out to anyone that you think may be hurting – anyone who could use some support. God encourages us to love our neighbor, and my friends I dare say our neighbors need us TODAY! Each week I thumb through prayer requests after worship and they are piling high. The need for comfort is huge and we have been blessed with two ears and two arms to listen and comfort those in need. My prayer is that we all find a way to use these gifts this holiday season to love and support those who are hurting.
If you want to help someone, but you don’t know quite how, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can find a way to reach out. Remember, you don’t have to be a professional counselor to simply listen to and support someone. Most of the time, for those hurting, just knowing they are not alone and are cared for is all they really want. Please pray about how you can reach out today!