Holidays can bring out the funkiness in many of us. I’m not sure what it is.
Do you remember the song, “Silver Bells?” I think Bing Crosby sang it.
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style,
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas.
Children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile,
And on every street corner you hear…
Silver Bells…it’s Christmas time in the city…
Streams of streetlights, even stoplights, blink a bright red and green,
As the shoppers rush home with their presents.
Hear the snow crunch, see the kids munch, this is Santa’s big scene.
And above all the bustle you hear…
Silver Bells… ring-al-ling, hear them ring…soon it will be Christmas day!
The traffic!?! Now that can do me in faster than anything. And what’s the deal with so much traffic far away from the malls!?! I’m not silly enough to try to shop at a mall right before the holidays, but now the traffic is creeping into my neighborhoood! (Do not call me Scrooge!) I can’t even get my daily dose of Bueno without going into road rage over all the extra cars speeding by!
I need to move to the country, where the hustle and bustle isn’t so…so…BUSTLING!!
Can you hear the tension? Yes. I’m sure you can.
And do you want to know the most ridiculous part?
I don’t even get out that much!
So what is this funk all about???
Many of us struggle at this time of year. We hear we should be having a marvelously merry time but, it’s not panning out that way. Possibly you’ve been hoping for the fun of the holidays; however, life didn’t get the memo and keeps plugging away with the same old problems. Maybe the future was beginning to brighten, and then, the turbulant economy came crashing through your front door. Tragedy may have hit at some point during the year, and you realize, now, this is the first Christmas without that special loved one. Or the past comes creeping into your thoughts and you remember those moments of holiday bliss that felt more like hell.
High expectations giving way to low realizations.
So, what do you do?
What do I do?
Well, first of all, I get honest. I recognize the pain for what it is and don’t try to stuff it. Stuffing pain only leads to more pain and eventually to an explosion. Then others get to live with your pain spewing all over them. So, please, first of all, get honest with yourself.
Then, go to God. Yes, He cares. He knows the ins and outs of every bit of your pain. He knows more about your hurts than you do. He sees the generations of hurt that may have led to the present condition within your family system. He sees it all and He has the comfort you need.
Then last, but most importantly, remember the gift He sent. It’s really not about the shoppers rushing home with their presents. It’s really not about what you are giving…or getting. It’s about what He gave. It’s about His gift to us.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
That whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.
Although you have not seen Him, you love Him;
And even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him
And rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy!
~1 Peter 1:8
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
~2 Corinthians 9:15