by Tracy Truesdale
To all my precious brothers and sisters in Christ this Christmas season I want you to know that you are never alone. Trust me I am not trying to be a drag, but the reality is during this time of year where we have an opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus in one voice of unison, there are so many sweet people who are so lonely. This feeling of loneliness is never what Christ intended, but in this world we live in it's a stark reality.
Oh it's so wonderful when we get together to hear about the birth of Jesus which is a biblical story that I love like so many of you. The truth of the matter is there are a lot of people who are hurting, and may need to hear about the birth of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the lonely. Because as you are reading this article, there is someone who is crying out to God to simply send someone their way. People want to belong. People want to connect. People want to be included.
People who feel lonely oftentimes are preprogrammed to walk around with a smile on their face and to give this impression that all is well. When in fact, deep down they are so lonely. You know you can be in a crowd of people and still be the loneliest person in the room.
I believe in the power of prayer, and I am a woman of prayer. I pray a lot, and it is instinctively a part of my daily life. I like prayer, because I view it as me simply talking with my Heavenly Father. I love talking to Him. I love sharing my day with Him. I love thanking Him for things, people, opportunities, and even my failures. I talk to him when I'm home, at the mall, out walking, while I'm sitting in a meeting, driving, when I'm talking to others and I don't know what to say, or even any place that inspires me. Sometimes my prayers, for example, are two seconds, seven minutes, or even longer depending on what is happening. The length of your prayer time or the specific location are not mandatorily stated in the Bible, but the fact that you pray with a sincere heart is. So if you are feeling lonely, I want you to pray and talk to your Heavenly Father about how you are feeling. Cry if you need too, but I beseech you to take a moment and to talk to God about this emptiness that you feel.
God can and desires to send you a Christmas family this season. Your job is to pray and ask God to connect you this season, and then say 'Yes' to God's plan in how He may connect you to your Christmas family. See, I know you maybe feeling lonely, but you have a part to play in this too. You have to be available, and you have to be willing to get out of your apartment, room, house, etc., to be seen. If someone invites you to go someplace that's good, then GO! Also, let me clear something up right now which is normally the way you think God will bring you this Christmas family may not occur they way you have imagined. God likes surprising you sometimes. AND with all these wonderful Christmas movies we see on television, don't you create your own "Christmas movie" in your head. See, this Christmas family may consist of yourself and one other person or perhaps five or even twenty people that you may already know or you don't already know. Just let God do the leading, and you do the receiving.
I know you may feel lonely, and I also know you may not want to meet new people or get out of your comfort zone, BUT I want you to press through your feelings of loneliness and get into a position of expectation. Miracles still happen everyday, and God is still in the business of performing miracles. Guess what -- He can perform a miracle for you too this Christmas season.
One of my favorite things to do at Christmas time is to look at the Christmas tree from the bottom up. To lay at the bottom of the Christmas tree and to look up at all the glistening lights hanging from all the branches is not only peaceful, but it is a beautiful sight. All the lights are connected to each other, and in order for the tree lights to remain in place they must be connected to the tree branches. Which is what God desires for you this Christmas season. For you to belong and to be connected with people who will treat you just like you are their family. The fact that Jesus was born should be reason enough for you to believe in your Christmas miracle to receive a Christmas family. I don't want you to be lonely this Christmas season. I want you to make time for what God desires to do for you. I want you to exercise your faith and simply BELIEVE...