Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
Tis’ the season to be merry and bright. Filled with hope and joy , laughter and friends….so they say. But in reality, while the masses scurry here and there buying packages, trimming their trees and exchanging cookies, hurting people smile through the tears and hide in the shadows so that no one notices just how painful the holidays are to them.
I’ve been in that place. Times when the holidays only seem to remind me of my lack rather than my plenty. Seasons when I just wanted to fall asleep until Christmas had passed so that I could not feel as though I was drowning in sadness. Bleak desperation.
My hope and prayer is that you aren’t feeling that way this year. I’m so very very very thankful that I don’t. But if you are, please know that you aren’t alone– and more importantly, that you’re not forgotten. I am praying over YOU even as I type. If you need someone to talk with or a listening ear, my email is email@example.com. It would be an honor for me to love on you and to share how He can lavish His love over you this season.
I was just telling a friend yesterday that even in my darkest moments, I never lost faith– just hope.
Losing hope felt like navigating through a foggy night with no compass and no end in sight.
Hanging on to my faith simply meant that in the middle of the disorienting fog I knew that He carried me.