The holidays are not “the most wonderful time of the year” for everyone. For some, this season causes the pain and turmoil in their life to be amplified.
For some of you this past year has left scars on your soul. Maybe you experienced the loss of a loved one. Maybe one of your children or another family member has turned his or her back on God or has chosen an alternative lifestyle.
Maybe your health declined or you were confronted with the word “terminal.” Maybe suicide rocked your inner circle. Maybe your marriage ended.
Maybe the pain of abuse has become more than you can bear. Maybe you are struggling just to put food on the table and gas in the car. Maybe you are so lost in your situation you are desperate for ways to escape.
Maybe your singleness is leading you to compromise or causing you to lose hope. Maybe the demands of caregiving are leaving you gazing in the mirror and wondering who is in the reflection because you just cannot recognize yourself.
Maybe you have experienced pain in relationships, leaving you feeling abandoned. Maybe your relationship with God is so far off course you just cannot figure out how to get back. Maybe you feel stuck in a job you hate with no viable alternatives ahead.
Maybe you are at the end of your rope and wonder if there is any hope.
The pain is real. The struggle is not in your head. Isolation is not your friend. Give yourself permission to feel what you REALLY feel, without candy coating your true emotions. Allow yourself to get mad and voice your real feelings to God. He wants all of you, not just the best of you!
In that moment of true authenticity, allow Him in. Give Him full access. If you want to get yourself on the path to true wholeness and healing, He is the only one who can help.
The only one!
So, in this season of Fa-la-la-la-la, allow the Father who sent His Son to redeem us more than 2,000 years ago to manifest Himself to you. He is waiting.
God is bigger than anything you are facing today. With God in the room . . . there is always hope. Always!
I pray dear ones, that peace and comfort will overwhelm you this holiday season. I pray you find community instead of isolation. I pray that if you need help, you will have the strength and resolve to reach out and find help. You are too important to not get the care you need. You are very important to the King of Kings. He loves you dearly and wants the very best for you!!
Ingrid Maddock and the Sisters of the Crown Leadership Team