Christmas time is such a fun season. As they say in the musical Scrooged, it is indeed 'the most wonderful time of the year.' It's a beautiful time of sober reflection on the birth of Savior of the World. Yes, there are gifts, decorations and family traditions to uphold. But we also rejoice knowing that God always had a plan, before the world began, to reconcile us back to Himself. He loved us so much and couldn't imagine eternity without us. So He sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay the ultimate sacrifice. He died a torturous, cruel death on a shameful cross; paving the way for those who would believe on His name to be saved from the wrath of God to come and to live with Him forever.
It's also a time of great food, family, friends and life-giving fellowship. But there are some who view this upcoming season with dread. Maybe they have lost a grandma, parent, best friend or a spouse earlier this year; and this Christmas marks the first holiday season without them. Can you imagine what they might be going through? Take time to pray today and ask the Lord to bring to mind people in your circle of friends who may be struggling with loneliness and heavy hearts. Invite them to hang out with your family or invite them to a company party. You never know how much that will mean to them in breaking up the debilitating loneliness that may overwhelm them during this season.
And if you are struggling with loneliness this season, know this: God Has A Plan For You. He has not given up on you nor has He forsaken you. In Jeremiah 29:11 states, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Psalm 56:8 states, "You keep track of all of my sorrows.You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book." What a blessing to know that the God of the universe has counted every tear you have ever cried and keeps track of all of your sorrows. We serve a God who loves us and is concerned about those things which concern us. He draws close to the brokenhearted.
1. Join a great, Bible-believing church in your area.
2. Join a ministry to serve others. It is only when we begin serving that we see growth and connection with others. Many times when I have felt horrible about my plight in life and asked the Lord for help, He has always sent me out to serve others. Giving others what you feel you don't have breaks that victim mentality.
3. Join a LifeGroup. (They may call it something different at your church but join any small Bible Study in your area. It's a great place to make new friends, to belong, to be accountable and receive prayer for your life.
And if you in the Long Beach area and are ever in need of a great church home, here are a few in our area:
The Rock Anaheim- www.gototherock.com
Online Bible Resources:
I love you with the love of the Lord,