I cross-post from here to Facebook, and have never gone the other direction, but these thoughts seemed meaningful to people so I thought I’d share. If you feel similarly, please share or re-blog so those you love who struggle with the holiday season may feel some support. Peace to you!
I’ve read several posts about how difficult the holidays can be for people who are grieving, living with depression, or struggling in some way. I don’t know what your personal pain is like right now, but I believe you that it is real.
So if I post about Christmas and family, please remember you are in my thoughts too. I don’t need you to pretend to be happy or festive for me. If your mood goes from light to dark, you don’t owe me an explanation, but I do owe you some compassion. I can take a break from the festivities to lend an ear, a shoulder, or a hug. My love for you is not conditional upon your mood. And if I ignorantly say something unhelpful or hurtful, please tell me; my feelings are not more important than yours.
In a season that celebrates Jesus arriving in the world, how can there be any excuse not to offer room at the inn for the weary travelers of life? Peace to you, my friend.