I have been on a sail boat riding the waves in my life. Praise God that I know He can calm every storm.
The holidays are upon us. Time to get the house in gear, pull out those decorations, and prepare the greeting cards.
I know for many of you this time of the year may be hard, emotional, and hair pulling stressful. I know because I struggle to keep a happy face. I lost my mother right before Christmas on December 11th so the Thanksgiving and Christmas season are emotionally draining. Even though it has been over 30 years, I still have a moment of uneasiness. There are times when I just want to stay under my blanket and not move until January 1. I don’t want to hear Christmas music, I dread going to the stores because of the mass production of happy people doing their happy shopping clogging up every parking space. I just want it to go away. Not going to happen with 6 grand-children and all of my wonderful friends who go all out during this time of the year. Happy. Happy. Joy. Joy.
This is the time of the year where suicide is at an all-time high. Many feel lost and alone. Many are homeless and some do not have family or even close friends to share this season with. I know about these feelings first hand because there was a time during the holiday I wanted to end my life. I wanted to stop the pain and emptiness I felt. But God. He had other plans and I am so thankful that He did. I am still here.
I encourage you to take a deep breath. Prioritize and make the holiday season a memorable one. Don’t try to do it all. Reach out to someone you have not seen or spoken with in some time. Maybe select a family to share your Thanksgiving and Christmas with. Prepare a meal for someone. I am sure there is someone in your community that would appreciate your blessings of love and kindness.
My prayer for you is that God’s love shines on you as you shine on others. Remember, love is other centered not self-centered.