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Holiday grief and depression

Reconciling love

By Cheryll White


   I am never completely happy this time of year, without thinking of the thousands of people who are lonely, depressed, and troubled. I have had pastors tell me their schedules are overloaded with people who find the Christmas season almost more than they can bear because of their loneliness, isolation, and depression. Many are weighed down with the pain of pleasing others and find themselves in heavy debt and very little income.

   Christmas should be a reminder that we are not alone. It’s the time of year when were reminded God revealed Himself to us through the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus—a reconciling love that recuses us from depression and loneliness. We are never alone; God has come down from Heaven to tell us He loves us! Hebrews 13:5 say; “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (KJV)

  At this Christmas season you can be assured that Jesus Christ is here. He is here to give us hope, to forgive our sins, to give us a new life, faith, and healing if we will only let Him.

  Christmas is a time to celebrate family and friends. Let this Christmas season be different. Let it be a time when we look at family and friends and celebrate how bless we are to be together another year. If you find yourself depressed this year, welcome Christ into your life through prayer, meditation, and worship. Then ask Him to help you reach out to someone else who is depressed and lonely and show that person His love.

Elder Cheryll D. White is a licensed, ordained minister for over 26 years and resides with her husband in Scott, LA.

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