It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…
Do you know that song? I had to do a quick search to find that it was Andy Williams who sang that. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year with the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you ‘Be of good cheer’.”
Christmas is such a beautiful, treasured time of celebrating Christ’s coming into our dark, sinful world.
But is it the most wonderful time of the year… for everyone?
Amidst all of the celebrating of God’s miracle Child, shopping for Christmas gifts, handcrafting special items for loved ones, secret keeping (to not spoil that Christmas day surprise moment), and sneaking around to ensure the secrets are actually kept secret, some people are devastated. And these people must not be forgotten.
My heart is heavy for several families right now. A young mother whose family is acquainted with an acquaintance had a brain aneurysm rupture 34 weeks into her pregnancy and now is fighting to come out of a coma to meet her now almost 3 month old son. Another is an 8-year-old little friend of a friend who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. Yet another is a 5-year-old friend of an acquaintance also fighting brain cancer. And yet another is a distant family member and young mother fighting a hard and long battle against breast cancer.
The most wonderful time of the year… but not for some.
Not that Christ’s birth and the celebration of that blessed event is not the most wonderful time in and of itself… And I even daresay these hurting people may experience a new, extremely deep level of trust, faith and even joy that most of us will never know. But the pain that these families are wrapped in will not allow them to escape completely into a land of worry-free blissful celebrations and gingerbread houses and busy shopping malls and Christmas carols.
We must remember them, and remember to share one another’s burdens. I recently made a suggestion on my personal Facebook page. It was this:
“Are you looking for a way to be a blessing to someone this year? Do you usually give a Christmas gift to charity or to humanitarian efforts? I have an idea that may appeal to you… How about making the commitment to adopt a family in daily prayer for the whole month of December? (Or all year-long!)”
I followed by adding a few suggestions of Facebook pages to “like” of families that desperately need prayer. God’s word tells us to “bear one another’s burdens”. The Greek word used in Galatians 6:2 refers to a heavy weight and insinuates more than one person can carry on their own. Isn’t it an honor and pleasure (of sorts) to be able to share the weight of pain, suffering, and sorrow that someone is just not able to carry alone? And the only sacrifice involved here is time. Time. Something that many hurting people don’t have much of. So, during my own hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I pray that I would not become narrow in focus but keep my eyes wide open to the spiritual needs of others, and that I would make plenty of time in my schedule to talk with God about their needs.
“Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” –Gal 6:2 (ESV)
So, while it may be “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” for some, others are hurting and desperately need us to take time to lift them up to God in prayer.
Who are you committing to pray for this month, or this whole upcoming year?