December 11, 2018
Often we hear that the Advent season can be one of the loneliest and most depressing times for so many people. The women I serve at Amirah definitely fit this description. As everything around them lightens up, their moods darken, and depression takes over.
It can be hard to celebrate and make merry when you have experienced real tragedy, trauma, and hardship.
My mom used to cross-stitch. Every Christmas she handmade Christmas ornaments for her children. As I hang up these ornaments, I am reminded that my mother will no longer be celebrating Christmas with us since she is now in heaven. For many years, this used to sink me into a depression. It took time, real actual time of mourning and crying, for this depression to lift.
One of the things that helped me to reclaim this season was the amazing truth that the Word came and made His dwelling with us. Jesus came, He lived, He walked and ate, He experienced life with all of its ups and downs. He came to be with us, even when we are depressed – I would argue especially when we are depressed.
If you face depression or loneliness this season, can I ask you to sit and reflect on this great truth: Jesus came here for you. He is here right now with you. Be faithful to Him, adore Him, and watch as your mood lifts and the loneliness melts away to a deep peace and joy that His grace is here for you today.