For many people, Christmas can be a lonely time.  I can remember the first Christmas after my parents died.  I still had many friends and family around who shared Christmas with me, but there was still a loneliness.  That loneliness still lingers after eight years.  Every year it subsides, but it has not disappeared.

    To offset that loneliness I try to focus more on the real Christmas, the birth of the Christ Child.  My longing for my parents stems from the mutual love we had.  I now try to focus that mutual love of God and His Son Jesus.  In Psalms 23:4 we are told “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (KJV)  In Hebrew, the first meaning for the word translated evil is bad and the word for staff can also mean support.  We are told to fear nothing bad because His presence and support are there to comfort and console us.  Surely we can deduce that He will be there to support us in our time of loneliness, if we call out to Him.

Published by Ray Richards