We did it – we made it through another Thanksgiving. Congratulations!
Now comes the hard part for me – the Christmas season.
I posted the following column about two years ago, and I thought it was still significant to repost today.
It’s that time of year when life gets a little crazy for some and most of our thoughts turn to family, gifts, and starting the New Year off new.
If you’ve read “The Sunday Message” much, you’ve seen me write about being depressed during the holidays.
To fight my depressed state of mind during the holidays, I try to go walk in the mall a few times between Thanksgiving and Christmas to hear the sounds and see the sights of Christmas. My family also goes for an annual drive around town to look at Christmas lights, after we’ve attended a Christmas Eve service at church. These things help cheer me up.
I also pray a lot.
I pray for those who won’t be with their families over the holidays. I pray for those who have lost loved ones during the past year and this will be their first Christmas without them.
Let’s all remember and pray for those who are less fortunate and those who are suffering over the holidays.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)