It’s only natural to want to be around people throughout the holiday season. After all, God created us to be in a relationship with one another (And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. – Genesis 2:18) and with Himself. When you know Christ, there’s no reason to surrender to loneliness even when there’s no one else around you.
A Lesson on Loneliness from Mary
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27
When Jesus’ mother Mary became pregnant, she probably felt all alone since many people probably didn’t believe her “story.” After all, her situation appeared scandalous, so it probably fueled gossip in the streets. Nevertheless, God was with her every step of the way – even when she traveled far from home to give birth in a dark stable. This hope fueled her with great joy during what should have been a very dark and troublesome time for her.
God loves you just as much as He loved Mary. He doesn’t want any of His children to surrender to loneliness.
How to Alleviate the Pain Of Loneliness This Christmas
Instead of surrendering to your loneliness, why not find a way to be around other people? There are many things you can do including:
- Take the first step to reach out to others so you won’t only have people around you but so that you can gift them with your presence.
- Volunteer to help those in need in your community.
- Allow your heart to be filled with Jesus’ presence. Spend some time getting to know Him more.
- Pray for others who are going through a tough time.
- Get out of the house and join in on some of the Christmastime festivities around you.
Don’t Surrender to Loneliness
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. – Matthew 1:23
Regardless of how you’re feeling, don’t surrender to loneliness. Remember the true meaning of Christmas: Christ came down from Heaven to be with you. He cares about your hurting heart and doesn’t want you to feel alone. Allow your relationship with Him to fill the void in your soul this year.