Merry Christmas or Miserable Christmas?
Happy Holidays or Hopeless Holidays?
It’s no secret that the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, can be some of the most painful and depressing days of the year. Things are sparkly and happy all around us and
we imagine that good things and peace fills every life, except ours.
Yes sir, Christmas Depression is real. And don’t get me started on those Christmas commercials! Do actors really look like that when they get up in the morning? The fake snow isn’t cold or wet. Noses aren’t runny, skin is not dry and food is not burnt. No one is shown having to tell a child, “We can’t afford that” or “I know it hurts that Daddy isn’t here because he’s with his new family.”
Questions You May be Asking…
Perhaps you’re thinking—
I don’t have a problem with comparing my life to the advertisements on TV, I know that’s not real. My pain comes from comparing my circumstances to the real life people around me—the ones who haven’t lost their husband to cancer, who have money for gifts, those who can’t find enough room on the table for all their food.
How can I be happy when there’s so much wrong with my life?
Or perhaps you’re thinking—
I have my family around me, an abundance of gifts under the tree, and enough food to feed an army—and yet I feel empty and depressed.
Why can’t I be happy even when everything is right with my life?
The Answers May Surprise You.
These types of questions are too difficult for any of us to answer on our own — we need to know someone who can. We would like to recommend that for these types of questions you turn to Jesus, the One whose birth we celebrate at Christmas.
Look at what Jesus says in the 1st book of the New Testament.
Matthew – Chapter 5, Verses 3-10
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (NIV)
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” (The Message)
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (NIV)
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.” (The Message)
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (NIV)
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.” (The Message)
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (NIV)
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink and the best meal you’ll ever eat.” (The Message)
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (NIV)
“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.” (The Message)
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (NIV)
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” (The Message)
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (NIV)
“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.” (The Message)
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (NIV)
“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.” (The Message)
It takes more than tearing Christmas paper off a box, digging your fork into a holiday dessert, or having everyone you love around your table to find true happiness during Christmas Depression seasons. You can find peace that surpasses understanding—despite your circumstances.