For many, they are time to be reminded–vividly–that their own lives do not resemble the picture-perfect images on the TV screen, or for that matter on the Facebook status lines of many friends.
Many are having a miserable Christmas, as they often have a miserable holiday.
They are times that they are reminded–yet again–of dead or departed loved ones who are not with them this year.
And many have no one to share the cheer of the holiday season with in a meaningful way.
As we are so often told, God is close to the broken hearted.
If you are broken, May God be close to you.
“Who among us will celebrate Christmas right? Those who finally lay down all their power, honor, and prestige, all their vanity, pride, and self-will at the manger, those who stand by the lowly and let God alone be exalted, those who see in the child in the manger the glory of God precisely in this lowliness.”
If you find yourself among the lowly, May God be with you.
And may you find yourself in the company of others who gravitate to your lowliness, to find God there with you.