To those hurting at the holidays… I wrote this for you.
Maybe you thought you’d be sharing these days with someone who never showed up. Maybe you’ve suffered a loss you could have never seen coming. Maybe you’re missing someone you can’t call anymore, and you had to set one less seat at the table.
Maybe you’re anxious, overwhelmed, exhausted and just really need a second to breathe and remember who you are. Maybe your heart is breaking and your voice is shaking and it has taken absolutely everything in you to get through these last couple of months, weeks and days.
If that’s you, here’s what I want you to do:
Run to God, not from God.
Run to Him first, not last.
Give yourself some grace.
You’re human, and you’re doing the best you can.
Ask for grace, receive it and extend it to yourself and others.
Sit with the hurt, don’t push it away.
Feel it, get mad about it, talk to God about it, pray hard about it, journal about it and then lay it down. At His feet.
Make peace with it.
Be grateful. Gratitude changes things. Thank God for what He’s given you and for what this is teaching you. Know that it’s going to be okay, even if it doesn’t feel like it.
Period. He’s a big God and just like He got you through everything He has before, He’ll get you through this too.
God has so much more for you in store. Hold on to that.