Here we are again; another holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is over, Hanukkah is in less than two weeks, and Christmas in less than three. Decorations are going up everywhere and throngs of people fill the stores and shopping malls. Preparations are made for holiday parties and children are looking forward with great anticipation to all the festivities and the gifts.
This is the time of year when people should be happy, but many are not. Recently some friends of a friend lost everything in a house fire including their precious three year old. Other friends have buried loved ones in the past year. It’s small comfort to these that their loved ones are in heaven in the arms of Yeshua. Their heads tell them that they will see them again, but their hearts are aching. Similar scenarios play themselves out all over the country. Some will die in blizzards and on icy roads. Many will perish from illness and old age. Some have lost their jobs and have no way to pay the bills let alone buy gifts for family members. There is no rejoicing, no singing, no laughter in these homes. Some people will volunteer to work every holiday so they don’t have to sit at home alone and dwell on their losses. Desperate for relief, some will resort to thievery while others resort to suicide.
Before you decide that this is too depressing to read any further, I want you to see that there is hope; there is a future; there really is a light at the end of the tunnel. If you are one of those who have suffered great loss and tragedy this year, I want you to know that my heart goes out to you. You are not forgotten, neither are you alone. Yeshua (Jesus) has seen every tear you have cried, and He longs to bring you peace and comfort. If you can find your way to trust in Him, He really can turn what Satan intended for evil in your life into good. He does not want you drowning in depression, contemplating suicide, or turning to thievery as a way out. He really does have a BETTER plan for your life. “I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, GW) I am living proof that this is true! He can help! Let Him!
If this isn’t you, and you are busy caught up in the rush of the holiday season, can you take a step back and pause for a minute? Can you see the pain, the grief, the loss in someone less fortunate than yourself this season? I believe that if each and every one of us who belong to Yeshua will look around us and choose to be there for someone who is struggling, we can make this season a time of rejoicing for others. We can help to ease some of the pain in their lives. I know you are busy, but can you invite someone who is alone over for dinner? Can you bring some food to the homeless shelter? Will you buy a gift for a child on the Angel Tree? Can you allow someone else to buy that last sale item? Would you give up your place in line for an elderly person leaning on their walker trying to get through another day? What would Yeshua do? Can we do that?
Eventually, the evil of this world will really pass away and we can all truly rejoice: “He will swallow up death forever. Adonai Elohim will wipe away the tears from every face, and he will remove from all the earth the disgrace his people suffer. For Adonai has spoken.” (Isaiah 25:8, CJB) Until that day arrives, Yeshua has commissioned us to love, to give, to comfort, and to pray for one another. I know what Yeshua would do. What will WE do?