Thursday, December 19, 2013
If Christmas Finds You Hurting
It's a bad time of year to be hurting. Not that there is a good time for pain, of course, but the weeks around Christmas and New Year's can be particularly poignant for some.
I know of what I speak. While sparing you my life story (for now at least; consider such sparing a temporary gift), I will say that I've had a couple of Christmases in which I just wanted to hide away to wait out that year's crop of holly-jolly songs and plastic bows and ho-ho-hos.
I suspect many of us have had such seasons. Times when we can't be with loved ones, or a parent or sibling or close friend or spouse has died, or we've suffered a miscarriage, or we're sick, or we've lost our job, or there is illness in the family. Even the time of year can make us feel blue. Here in the northern hemisphere, night falls early in these months of bleak midwinter (I personally never adjust well to the long long long long dark).
I am thankful to be celebrating comfortably this year. But for anyone reading this who is sad, in pain, or maybe just wishing the holidays would be over and gone - know that you're not alone.
In fact, you are so "not alone" that I'm going to ask a favor of everyone reading this.
Could we each take just a minute and offer a little prayer for anyone coming across these words who might be hurting? If this gets to a number of people, that could amount to quite a few prayers.
May God lift burdens, heal pains, comfort loneliness, and soothe hearts. In the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, I pray...
'We beseech You, Lord and Master, be our help and succor, save those among us who are in tribulations, have mercy on the lowly, lift up the fallen, show Yourself to the needy, heal the ungodly; convert the wanderers of Your people, feed the hungry, release our prisoners, raise up the weak, comfort the fainthearted, let all nations know You are God.' (St. Clement of Rome)
'Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for You.' (1 Peter 5:7)
Painting: Karl Ferdinand Sohn
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