Reaching Out to the Hurting at Christmas

I was recently thinking about those who are feeling loss this Christmas. Maybe a loved one passed away this year. I know several who have lost loved ones this year. Maybe some are facing loneliness because they do not have close family. Maybe some are struggling financially and will have very little if anything from “Santa” this year. Even with the craziness of this year, many of us have more than enough food, family, and material things and we take it for granted that everyone has the same. So we post our fun holiday memes and cute Christmas pictures and that is okay, but what if we were the ones scrolling through Facebook grieving the loss of a loved one, not having enough to make ends meet, facing a serious illness, or feeling lonely? I’m not saying we should feel guilty for all of the blessings that we have, but what if we stop for a moment and pray for someone we know is hurting. Maybe reach out to someone who has lost a family member. Make some cookies for someone. Call or text someone who God lays on our heart to reach out to. Have a meaningful conversation with someone. To me, that is truly Christmas and the heart of who Christ is. When I sat down to write this, the Max Lucado book “You Are Special” came to mind. It’s one of my favorite children’s books. I’ve shared it before, but thought I’d share it again. It’s a reminder that each person is specially made by the Creator and highly valued, no matter if they are valued by other humans or not. We never meet someone who is not deeply loved by the Father including those who are hurting. In fact, those individuals are often even nearer to the Father’s heart. So enjoy Christmas and all it’s blessings, but allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you and remind you to reach out to others. It might mean more to them than you will ever know.

Hebrews 13:6

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Proverbs 11:25

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

Your friend,

Tiffany

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