A Blue Christmas

December 21, 2010

This time of year sparks great memories, fun, and fellowship but for millions of people, it also leads to depression.

Many people are wading through their first holiday season grief-stricken. The death of a loved one, the loss of a marriage, or even a job leaves many searching for joy.

For some, this will be the first Christmas without a certain family member. An empty chair, bedroom, or even gifts without that familiar name will be a reminder of who isn’t there this year. A hard pill to swallow and those of us who know how difficult this first Christmas is, will be keeping you in our prayers.

For many, the holidays are tumultuous due to divorce and not being able to spend time with children or grandchildren. Many are enforcing custodial rights and battling exes. Some are using their children as pawns, not even realizing that it’s the kids who will suffer the most.

For adult children of divorce, the stress of making sure all sides of the family are visited can lead to dread and exhaustion.

Sure, the holidays are a time of joy, but for many, they are a time of great heartache. Memories that should carry happiness leave tender hearts sore and bruised.

Many will even be alone.

Sometimes it feels like we’re standing on the shore of a raging sea. And like the old children’s adage, we can’t go back, we can’t go around, and we can’t go over. We can only go through. The waters are going to rise. They’re going to be tough. They’re going to hurt but you don’t have to go through them alone.

If you’re going through a trying time, focus your thoughts on Jesus. Give Him your broken hearts and allow His comfort to bring you peace. He’ll get you through this. It won’t be easy but it is possible.

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

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  •    Terry  |  December 22nd, 2010 at 2:21 am     Reply

    You’re the first one I’ve come across to notice that it’s a little exhausting to be an adult child of divorced parents during the Christmas season (especially when your in-laws are also divorced). Thanks for noticing.

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