Christmas is a wonderful time of year. A song written in 1963 by Edward Pola and George Wyle and popularized by singer Andy Williams tells us so. You know the song, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Not only does the song tell us that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, it also says “It’s the hap-happiest season of all.”
But the Christmas holiday season can also be a very difficult time for some people. It could be that they’ve had a very challenging year financially. Or maybe they have battled health issues that have zapped them of energy and joy. Possibly a long term relationship went sour and there is lingering pain from that ended relationship. This season will be also difficult for those who experienced the death of a loved one this year. There will be a sense of loneliness and sorrow, and those missing gifts and empty chairs make it no secret that life has changed.
We all know someone who would say that 2017 was “not the most wonderful of times.” In fact, that person might even say it downright stunk. We encourage you to come along side that person and simply be a friend. Your presence says to them, “I care.” Not only that, God can work through you to give that brokenhearted person a sense of encouragement. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Christmas, what better gift is there than to be a friend to someone who is hurting. The Bible tells us to do that very thing. In Galatians 6:2 we read this, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you fulfill the law of Christ.”
We like to say it this way: You Matter to God! You Matter to Us!
So this Christmas Season, follow the words of that old AT&T advertising slogan… “Reach out and touch someone.”
New Bern, North Carolina