Getting through Christmas during times of loss –Ron Edmondson
Christmas is a wonderful time of year. As the song goes, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”. But for some, Christmas can be a miserable time.
have lost a loved one, suffered to the end of a significant
relationship, or even had a severe personal loss of income or health.
For them, Christmas is just another reminder of what they no longer
Here are some ways that may help:
your losses – death, divorce, injury, finances, children moving out
this year – whatever they are – write them down, Journal. Admit the
Share them – share them with
God, maybe with a close friend or seek out a counsellor. Find support in
a prayer group. We were designed for community, especially at times
Resist falling into despair – that’s where you live in a false reality that all hope it is gone. It is not.
Take care of your physical body – each well, exercise, and get adequate rest. More important during a time of loss.
something for someone else – there are many opportunities during
Christmas to help people. Helping other people reminds us that we are
not alone, and other people may be struggling too. plus, something about
giving encourages positive emotions.
yourself to participate in social activities – you may not feel like
it, but social support is helpful in recovering from loss.
Avoid the comparison game – don’t compare your losses to other people’s losses.
your losses with new traditions – begin some new rituals that will help
you reflect on the good things you experience with the person you’ve
lost, and also to the developed some new memories.
to worship in tears – God is good – even when it doesn’t seem like life
is good – you’re better equipped to face the storms of life.
is the peace of Christmas, and he can fill your brokenness. You can
trust him. This Christmas that the Christ of Christmas fill the void and
to lawsuit you have in your hearts and life.