When I was a child, I remember thinking that there was nothing better than Christmastime! It’s time for presents and music and sweet treats and church activities. It’s time to celebrate the birth of Christ as we sing “Away in a Manger.” Nothing could possibly be wrong with the world!
As I’ve gotten older, however, I have realized more and more that the holidays are not always filled with happiness. I have watched two families from my former church lose their teenage sons and have a funeral right around Christmastime. I know people are battling cancer and miscarriages and unknown diagnoses. Christmastime may be filled with happiness for some people, but a lot of people are also hurting too.
What can we do as Christians to lift up others who are suffering? Or, what can we do when we are the ones going through a painful time?