Updated: Dec 31, 2019
Christmastime is absolutely my most favorite time of the year. I’m that person with multiple trees, who decorates in October and could listen to Christmas music year round. People tend to be happier through the holidays than any other time. After all, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”.
But, is it truly wonderful for everyone? A few friends come to mind that have shared their secret struggles with me, asking me to help pray for their situations. I, myself, am having a hard time understanding God on a few things. Coming from a person who avoids feeling like a burden to anyone, it’s easier at times to cover the struggle with fake a smile rather than allow someone to know what’s really going on.
I’ve come to realize that by hiding our struggles we prevent our brothers and sisters in Christ the opportunity to let the light of Jesus shine through them. The Bible tells us in Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” They’re supposed to be letting The Light shine.
To the person on the mountaintop this Christmas season:
Remember the time that you lost someone dear to your heart. Whether it was a spouse, child, grandparent or friend, recall the feelings of despair from not having them with you that first Christmas. Think of someone who has lost a loved one this year. Comfort them in a way that you can relate to in being comforted.
If you’re newly wedded or you’ve been married 20 years, remember the lonely nights that you spent asking God for the spouse that you have by your side. Encourage someone who is waiting for God to send them that same companionship. If you’ve been through a divorce, comfort that friend that is going through one now or dealing with the aftermath of one.
If God has healed you of a sickness in the past, reach out to that one that’s going through a sickness now. Make them a gift basket or take them to a movie. Do what you needed in having your spirit lifted. Show them the love that you were shown, or wanted to be shown, during your weakness.
Maybe you’re a new parent this Christmas or your kids are mouthy teenagers driving you nuts, just know there will be a girl having to scroll through your Facebook pictures on Christmas Day asking God why He won’t allow them to be a mom. What about that friend who carries the burden of a wayward child? Take time to recall the countless prayers that you have prayed over your children.
Jesus often brought joy, healing and peace simply with His presence more so that any “present” given through a miraculous touch. He can do the same through you if you allow yourself to be the hands and feet of Jesus with your presence.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2