December 25, 2016

#BlueChristmas Meditation for Christians and Eveyone

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God {Who is the Source} of every comfort (consolation and encouragement), Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God." --The Holy Bible (Amplified Bible), 2 Corinthians 1:3 and 4

If you are having a "Blue Christmas ", regardless of the reason or reasons, please do not hide or suppress your feelings. Honestly, there are many reasons to look around and feel grief, anger, and despair about the state of the world.

It's tempting to hide your feelings with busyness, drugs, parties, alcohol, sex, entertainment, or shopping. These things can't be used to remove sadness permanently. When you return to a quiet time or moment, the pain and sadness will be there again.

If you feel completely overwhelmed, go ahead and call a suicide prevention or mental help hotline. Seeking help is an expression of faith, not a denial of faith. Seeking help means you are willing to face what troubles you, conquer that problem, and move forward. Denying what troubles you is another way of lying to yourself and that lie has no connection to true faith.

Be willing to change your expectations for the holidays. Don't try to recreate a real or imagined past. Look for a safe and healthy way to share something good with another person.

Crying is OK.

If you are mourning someone you've lost to death, divorce, family feud, or unwanted separation, allow yourself to see the good and the sad (not bad) in that loss or in your history with that person . If you can find nothing good to remember, accept that loss as a step forward in your growth and progress.

Some days are harder than others. That's life. Forge your path. Look forward to the day when you will be able to help someone else based on your experiences. If you have no one else there for you, cry out to God. You will be amazed at how quickly God responds to a true seeker.

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