So many of us are in over our heads with holiday festivities…buying gifts, attending parties, getting ready for the big day. Others are experiencing the opposite.
In December 2013, I was the guy experiencing the opposite. My ex-wife and I had just separated, and I got to “borrow” the kids until the middle of Christmas Day. I was in a place where I had little emotional support, and I was alone on Christmas night for the first time in my life at the age of 33. Watch a Hallmark movie? No way! They had happy endings. My life sucked at the time. I lived in a church-owned house, was no longer the pastor, and I needed to pack so I could be out within the next week and a half. I had no one to help.
Five years later, I am doing so much better. Although I am doing alright, I am keenly aware that many are where I was in 2013 – depressed and feeling like life is over. If you are not there, reach out to someone who is. You don’t know what a phone call, visit, or some kind gesture will do. For me, it meant the world. Shine some light in a dark place this Christmas!