A Lonely Holiday Season
Many associate the holidays with family and togetherness. It is a time of joy and belonging and love. But this is not the case for everyone. When our family or friends fail us, the holiday season can feel lonely and isolating. It is easy to turn our thoughts inward in these moments or fall into the temptation of comparing ourselves to every other perfect family we see on the social media scroll.
There is real pain surrounding relationships. This can be elevated and magnified during the holidays. In these times of disappointment and disillusionment, remember that Jesus intimately knows the pain you are feeling.
Jesus was born into a common family. He was under the authority of his earthly parents, Joseph and Mary. He had at least six earthly siblings; James, Joses, Jude, Simon, and sisters (Mark 6:3). His family did not understand him. His brothers did not accept him. After having witnessed His character, His goodness, and His love for three decades, His family still did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah (John 7:5). They were not following Him and were not part of His group of faithful disciples or even the crowds who devoured His teaching. Instead of learning from the Lord, Jesus’ earthly family tried to call Him away from His ministry (Mark 3:31).
Jesus knew His friends would betray Him. He knew they would all flee and abandon Him in His time of greatest need. Yet He still loved them, taught them, and cared for their needs until the very end.
When my feelings are hurt and when I feel let down by friends or family, I can rest in knowing that Jesus will never fail me or leave me. I can feel comfort in knowing that Jesus understands my pain of betrayal or misunderstanding. I can be encouraged knowing that even in His pain, Jesus did not take offense or keep a record of wrongs. Through His strength, I too can continue to walk in love towards my loved ones. Through the power of His Spirit He empowers me to follow His perfect example.
Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Take heart; He has overcome your lack of invitation to the holiday party.
Take heart; He has overcome rude personal inquiries.
Take heart; He has overcome the grave and has defeated death when you mourn lost loved ones.
As you enter Advent season, remember that He is the Prince of Peace, the hope of the world. Rest in His peace as you remember His birth.