Being alone on the holidays
I don’t know about you, but I know that the holidays are important to me, I love Christmas. As a Christian, it brings me great joy to know the story of Christ and it provides a chance to be with family and friends. Now, we always had a tradition to go to Nana and Papa’s over the Christmas period and drink papa’s rum punch (and to socialise – obviously!). But when papa died, the tradition slowly began to fade away too.
And I noticed one big change. Someone needed to be with Nana on the holidays. She had spent years, with us as a family coming over but instead, she now needed to join someone throughout the holiday period. I don’t know if that is something you can relate too – or if it is something that you’re dealing with the first time this year. Whatever it may be, I wanted to let you know that you are not alone.
Below are some great scripture verses that we can hold onto as we think about not being alone.
1. Joshua 1:9
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
I love the glimpse we get here of God’s character. He is a God, that understands out pain, He understands that we may be extremely worried about being on our own this holiday, but He reminds that He is actually with us. With you, with me. We can even look to our Emmanuel “God with us”, to be a comfort in what can sometimes be the harshest winters.
2. Romans 8:38-39
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
For no sadness, no depression, no loneliness, no feud, no breakup, no heartbreak, no sorrow can ever separate us from the love of God this Christmas (and forever more). We may not have people around us this holiday time, but we do have the Lord. We do have the one who calls us by name – and knows us.
3. Matthew 28:20
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
If there is one thing to leave you with this Christmas, and for every holiday season that is filled with loneliness – be reminded and assured that the Lord is always with you, until the very end of the age.
Lord, as many gather to celebrate with one another over the next coming weeks. I pray that you comfort those who will need to feel the warm embrace of your presence. May it surround them this Christmas, my joy be placed within their hearts and may the peace that passes all understanding be a witness of your love. Amen.