The holiday season is hard for many. Why is there such a tinge of sadness that comes along with the snow? Is there a way we can refocus out attention to the reason of the season?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 🎄 Seriously I love this time of year, but for many it is rough. The reason why it’s hard can range from financial strain to loneliness. For many, the to-do list gets out of control (buy presents, decorate the house, make holiday cookies for the party, entertain guests) It’s easy to numb with cheesy Christmas movies, shopping, or by having one too many cups of Christmas Cheer. Nov and Dec people don’t take time for self-care because they are focused on others for the holiday season. Focusing on others is a beautiful thing, but it’s when we lose focus on the REASON FOR THE SEASON that we can mess ourselves up. The spiritual poverty that our cultural Christmas has become has dulled the beauty and wonder of the season and leads many to a dull ache of sadness. 🙇🏻♀️ I’ve dealt with depression during the holidays and throughout much of my life. I thank the Lord I’ve learned to identify my depression as it creeps in and grab it(try) in its tracks. Also, for a handful of years, I’ve practiced ADVENT, and it has helped so much! I even admit I’ve excited when the arrival of ADVENT coincides with my Christmas shopping catalogs. — ADVENT began Dec 2 and is a season in the church of waiting and anticipation for the coming of Christ. After all, that’s what Christmas is all about. The celebration of God sending His only Son to earth.
To live like us. To suffer like us. To love like us. It reminds us of longing for His return.
This year try to set aside time and practice the beauty of the ADVENT season HOPE, PEACE, JOY, AND LOVE and as David said “I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. WAIT for the Lord; be strong and take heart and WAIT for the Lord.” #psalms 27:13-14
Much love darlin'