Christmas is often heralded as “the most wonderful time of the year.”
In fact, there’s even a song making that proclamation. So it must be true, right?
For children and adults alike, the Christmas season is one of wonder and anticipation, a time of nostalgia and pondering.
But sometimes the beauty of Christmas is eclipsed by tremendous pain.
Like when we’re mourning the loss of a loved one due to a death or a divorce.
Or when we’re struggling with a debilitating disease, making mere survival a Herculean effort.
What about when we’re enduring the agony of shattered dreams as we cope with childlessness during yet another Christmas season?
Or when we’re finding it hard to be joyful in the midst of unemployment?
Today, I’m pleased to share with you a double feature of inspiration and hope if your Christmas season has intersected with a season of intense trials. If you don’t find yourself struggling like this, consider sharing this post with a friend or family member who needs some encouragement.
The first featured post, written by Sue and shared by Julie at Unmasking the Mess, is a transparent account of Sue’s own seasons of trial over the past several years. She offers practical suggestions as well as an important reminder about why Jesus came in the first place (hint: a picture-perfect life is not the reason).
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The second post I’m featuring today is found at Faith Along the Way, and is a perfect complement to Sue’s post. Sarah Ann shares twenty suggestions for finding joy during a painful holiday season. Many of her tips are ones I’ve found helpful in my own annual battle with the winter blues.
Connect with Sarah Ann, writer at Faith Along the Way, on social media:
Julie, Sue, and Sarah Ann, thank you so much for sharing vulnerably about your own struggles, and for giving us biblical and practical encouragement for seasons of depression. Feel free to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” button for your blogs as our way of saying, “Thank you.”
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