Christmas can be a hard season for many.
As I went through my Facebook feed tonight, I saw a news article about 5 Marines who have been declared dead after a midair crash near Japan last week. There families are going to have a sad Christmas.
Every Christmas, I think of my friend whose husband died after a ATV accident on Christmas day a couple of years ago.
An older lady pulled me aside at church on Sunday and asked me to pray for her as Christmas was very hard for her as she had no family with which to celebrate.
Not only are many sick or remembering family members who are no longer with us, there are many other life circumstances which can make Christmas a difficult season. Financial difficulties can make some traditions impossible. Some people may find them separated from family at Christmas time. Most certainly, Christmas is a hard holiday for many people who live around us.
So how do we help those who are grieving, discouraged, sick, or helpless? Here are three simple ways that we can comfort and help others this Christmas (and all year long!):
We can help by being patient or offering a kind word and a ready smile.
I have been a little stressed and running around like crazy the past couple of weeks. In my hurry to get done what needs to get done, I forget that I am passing those who are hurting. People are more important that my to-do list. Maybe that cashier or store clerk is having a terrible time in her life, and she needs my patience and kindness. I know I need to think of this more as I go about my day and life responsibilities.
See if we can help support those who are grieving or alone.
Maybe all they need is someone to pray with them. Maybe sending them a card or giving them a call so that they know they are not forgotten is all they need. If you can, invite them to your house for Christmas dinner. Take them with you to a ladies event. Think of how you would want to be included if you did not have a family.
Take time to come apart and get alone with the Lord.
I have been so busy that I have not been as committed as I should be to my daily time with the Lord. So do you know what happens? I get testy and short. I say things I should not say. I have a bad attitude that spills over onto others.
My husband just preached a sermon from Luke 4 where Jesus did some amazing things: He stood against Satan’s temptations, He teaches at his local synagogue where his own villagers try to kill Him, He casts out a demon, He heals Simon Peter’s mother-in-law, and He heals many people. After all of these wonderful miracles and events, it says in verse 42,
And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place:
He got away from everyone to take time to rest and to commune with His Father. We need to get rest. And we need to take time to commune with our Heavenly Father. If we do not rest and get time alone with God, we will not be able to help others.
There are many other ways we can help others who are hurting at Christmas. Let’s keep our eyes open and our hearts tender towards those who need our help this Christmas season.
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