Do you have the Christmas Spirit?
Are you’re struggling with feeling sad or disconnected this holiday season? If so, you are not alone. It’s very common to experience intense emotions during the holidays, especially when you’ve suffered a loss such as the death of a loved one, health issues, relational conflict, financial hardship or pressure to conform to societal norms. During these times, it’s especially important to stop and reflect on your hope and faith in Christ.
Colossians 1:27 boldly states that, “Christ is our hope of glory.” What a wonderful promise! This scripture teaches us that our security is found in Christ alone; not people, things or ever-changing situations.
Hebrews 11:1-6 equally boasts, “Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen”. This is poignant reminder that we can have confidence that everything we need (and want) has already been provided for and taken into consideration by our Heavenly Father.
Hope says, “One day, things will get better” (future). Faith says, “You already have it” (present). Together, these two promises assure us that victory, joy and a full life are ours in Christ Jesus. But what should we do when the Christmas season becomes overwhelming?
Here are some steps to help you get your joy back:
1. Select a God-honoring way for you and your family to celebrate Christmas. Whether it’s attending church, studying a Biblical topic of interest or simply listing all the things that you’re thankful for, take time to be more reflective of the significance of Christ’s birth, death and His resurrection. Then, thank Jesus for giving you the greatest gift anyone could ever give - Eternal life!
2. Instead of being excessive in your gift-giving, focus on giving practical gifts to individuals or trusted organizations that could really benefit from receiving the basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter, gas cards, job training or employment opportunities.
3. Consider volunteering your time, visiting a neighbor or cooking someone a meal. They will really appreciate your kindness and genuinely feel loved and valued. Additionally, you will be surprised by how good it makes you feel.
4. Lastly, say “Merry Christmas”, as a reminder to yourself and others that Jesus is the real reason for the season! Be creative and bold. Before you know it, you’ll be spreading Christmas cheer everywhere you go! “The Joy of the Lord is our Strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10).
Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed new year,
Naifa S. White