“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:23).
There is a crucial element of the holiday season (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s) that is often missed. It is not joy or goodwill toward men or togetherness, at least not from the perspective of some in this world. While statistics may not back my opinion 100%, I would venture to say that the most overlooked element of the holiday season is loneliness.
The widow or widower feels alone when the void beside them becomes overwhelming. The single parent, amidst the noise of chattering children, feels an emptiness and loneliness that can be intense. The corporate boss may have cash in his account, but feel distanced from his family. The child who is alone may feel as though they don’t have a friend in the world.
Many of us can relate. In one way or another you may know the grip of loneliness and how hard it presses during this season of the year. Perhaps it comes during a very busy day when you’re struggling to balance your business and your household, and you are in desperate need of just a little help. Or maybe it grabs you when all is calm and quiet and you feel as if you’ve accomplished very little that day. Possibly you are physically alone, with no one beside you for the celebrations.
How clever of our adversary to ensnare us with the very thing that the name of Christ overcomes. IMMANUEL! GOD WITH US! Loneliness is defeated at the sound of His dear name. Whether your loneliness is physical, emotional, or mental, you can experience the presence of Immanuel, God with us… always! Claim His name today, and trust His promise that He will be with you. Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20).
Do you know others who feel alone this season? Write a note and send it or give it to them, reinforcing the idea that they are not alone this Christmas.
Do you feel alone this season? In the midst of loneliness, get alone with the Savior, sing His praise, shout His name, and let your Savior love on you.
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, we would love to help you to know Him. Please call us at 352-326-5738. Merry Christmas!