I’ve never been a big Elvis fan. It’s not that I have anything against him, it’s just a matter of taste. However, there is one song I wish he had never recorded Blue Christmas.
IT’S A FACT THAT THERE ARE MANY AMONG US WHO DO FEEL “BLUE,” AND WITH A GOOD REASON.
We may find the holiday season intensifies our sadness over the loss of a spouse, parent or other loved one. Or maybe the Christmas Season stirs up painful memories of family discord or even abuse. In fact, most people have a mixture of wonderfully positive feelings and painfully unpleasant feelings this time of year.
The world wants us to focus on our misfortunes and our hurts hence, the popularity of songs like Blue Christmas. But singing sad songs sure doesn’t make you very joyful!
God has a better idea!
IF WE’RE GRIEVING, HE WANTS US TO TURN TO HIM SO WE CAN BE COMFORTED.
If we know someone who is grieving, He wants to use us to bring joy and comfort to his or her life. Here are two of the MANY Scriptures which illustrate God’s desire to comfort us:
“A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families.” Psalm 68
“Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” 2 Corinthians 1:4
- 1. Who is one person you know who is grieving, lonely or saddened by the Christmas Season?
- 2. What are one or two ways you and your family or Lifegroup can bring encouragement and comfort to this person, (i.e., invite them to dinner, take your kids to visit them, buy or make them a present that is personalized with their name or initials, etc.)?
- 3. Is this Christmas season particularly painful to you, personally?
- Get connected to a Lifegroup. Just come to NEXT right after one of our Sunday services to get the connection process started.
- Be honest with God and ask Him to comfort you and to meet every need you have.
- Wait on the Lord and watch Him work!
By Danny Mulkey – Caleb Zone Pastor