Alone on Christmas Day?

After gathering up torn ribbon and piles of ripped Christmas wrapping, the young mother carried trash out to a back alley. Their traditional Christmas morning had been cut short when her three children said, “Hurry up, Mom! We have to be at Dad’s by 10:00 this morning.” At the beep of his horn, all three raced out the door to repeat the gift-giving scene with their father, his new wife and her two children. They would be there all day and then leave on a trip for the holidays. Suddenly, both house and heart felt alone and desolate. She sat on the warm hearth of the fireplace allowing tears of emotion to run free. Then with an overwhelming sense of loneliness, she cried out to God. “Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry for help; be not deaf to my weeping.” (Psalm 39:12)

“How can I make it through the Christmas holidays?”

  • Make plans to be with others on sentimental, special days. Be with comforting family or friends. Reach out to someone in need. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9–10)
  • Initiate invitations (calls, visits). Write letters to out-of-town friends and relatives. Invite people to have lunch or dinner with you. Invite people to your home. Offer your home for meetings and social gatherings. Join a committee in your church that welcomes visitors or new members. Initiate calls to people, and ask them how they are doing. (Luke 14:12–14)
  • Look for ways to express love to others. Offer help to someone in need (shop for groceries, prepare a meal, carpool, etc.). Send an encouraging card or note to someone. Help someone complete a task. Give someone a small gift (flowers, cookies, bookmark, etc.) that will communicate God’s love. Perform random acts of kindness without expecting anything in return from the recipient. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)