Christmas is supposed to be a joyous occasion.
But not for this group of people.
It is so easy to say, “A merry Christmas”, but not for them. They dread Christmas because each Christmas reminds them of what they had lost.
- One couple lost an infant child, and Christmas reminds them of the special moments they never had.
- Another person lost a grandmother and grandfather. “Hurting” was the one word they used to describe Christmas.
- A single mom and her child used the word “Sad.” The father of the child was incarcerated, and Christmas was just a reminder that he was not there.
There are so many whose homes lack laughter, joy and peace.
Take Action Believers
As believers we have a responsibility to minister to those who are broken, especially during this season.
Christmas was when Christ was born. The Message Bible says and he “moved into the neighborhood.”
Just think about that for a second, to these who are hurting what does Christ look like? Would they use the word “forgotten”, or “disappointed” to describe their Christmas experience?
What if…what if we, who represent Christ, “moved into the neighborhood”? What would that look like…
How about changing someone else’s not-so merry Christmas to a merrier Christmas this year?
How can I do that?
Here are 3 steps you can do.
Christmas Party Invite
Are you hosting a Christmas party? Have you invited all your guests?
How about inviting someone who is broken to your Christmas party?
What if they did not have to experience Christmas alone this year?
Just open your home. Someone is tired of being alone. So tired of being alone but feel obligated to be in pain during this season, as if the pain will honor the memory of their loved one.
It is the season of giving gifts.
There are many people who hate Christmas because it reminds them of what they don’t have.
How about buying an extra gift to give to someone?
How would that minister to them this season? How would that lessen the ache of not having and not being able to buy gifts to put under a Christmas tree?
Service opportunities are abundantly available, especially during the Christmas season.
There are many people who are not shopping with long lists at the grocery store. They aren’t even planning a Christmas dinner; they don’t have food to eat.
How about serving in a soup kitchen or outreach program? Feed them food with a smile. Give them hope.
I encourage you to be the Jesus that other experience during this Christmas Season. “Move into the neighborhood” and shine. Your thoughtful action could open the door for a broken person to the living God you serve, to Jesus Christ.
There is not greater gift than to meet Jesus. How about introducing someone this Christmas to the Giver of all gifts?