As we gather with family and friends during this festive season, surrounded by the warmth of lights, amazing food, and cherished traditions, it’s easy to see why many call this “the most wonderful time of the year.” These moments of rest and closeness with loved ones bring joy and give us much needed moments of relaxation and connection. However, for some, Christmas can be a challenging time, marked by loneliness, sorrow, and a desperate search for meaning. As we rightfully enjoy our own holiday traditions, let’s not forget to open our hearts to those around us who may be hurting in silence, and yearning for connection and understanding.
In the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to overlook the subtle cries for companionship from those around us. It could be a neighbor, a coworker, or even a family member who is silently grappling with the weight of loneliness or facing the holiday season with a heavy heart. This is the time to extend a hand, to listen, and to offer a healing source of hope. The joy we feel at Christmas lies not only in our own festivities and traditions, but also in the compassion we extend to others. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus reminds us of the importance of caring for those in need: “For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in” (Matthew 25:35, NIV). These words serve as a powerful reminder that our celebration of Christmas should extend beyond our immediate circles to embrace those in need of love and support.
The Christmas season provides us with ample opportunities to share the transformative message of hope and redemption found in Jesus Christ. Isaiah 9:6 reads: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Knowing Jesus has a very real and life-changing impact to those who may be broken and in need of salvation. Each time we see a soul won through the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, we are witnessing a miracle for that individual.
Let’s make this Christmas more than just a season of joy within our immediate circles. Instead, let it be a time when we reach out to those who may be silently suffering, inviting them into a community of warmth, love, and authentic beauty modeled after the example of Jesus Christ. In doing so, we participate in true miracles, and share in the privilege of being workers in an eternal harvest. I cannot think of anything more worthwhile this Christmas season!