For many people, Christmas is a wonderful time. But for a lot of people, Christmas is not so great. Without fail, every Christmas, I, as a pastor, have people contacting me because they are struggling with the holidays. This year is no exception.
So how can we help people who are having a blue Christmas? Downplaying their problems isn’t very effective – or realistic. Giving them a self-help program usually only increases the pressure they are feeling. Telling them to buck up often results in their giving up.
What helps is turning them away from themselves to Jesus. Showing them that the name Jesus means Savior “for he shall save his people from their sins”. (Luke 1:21) Showing them how Jesus saved them by keeping the law perfectly for them and washing all their sins away with his blood. Showing them the tremendous light at the end of the tunnel – a wonderful life of living with him for all eternity in heaven – a light that he lit by coming to earth as our Savior. Showing them that he has promised to make all things work out for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28). The more we focus others to Jesus, the more we focus ourselves to Jesus, the more we will be filled with peace and contentment – even when storms are raging around us.
It is my prayer that you have a wonderful Christmas in Christ – in his love, in his forgiveness, in his salvation, in his coming.