Friends, as we sit in the midst of the Christmas season, it’s impossible to escape the constant chatter and excited hubbub around us. And for many of us, maybe the holidays are a time of full hearts and memory making. But ya’ll, that simply is not the reality for everyone.
You may be heading into Christmas feeling lonely and dark. Maybe this is your first year without a beloved parent, child, or spouse by your side. Maybe it’s yet another year of unfulfilled longing for a family of your own. Or maybe you’re caring for a loved one in their last days. Because despite how “unfair” it may feel, life, death, and heartache don’t slow down for the holidays.
If you’re in the joy-filled camp, please remember your friends who may be having a harder time this season. Make space for quality time in the midst of the hustle and bustle or invite them to celebrate some of your traditions with you. And most importantly, have empathy for those who are having a harder time. Brené Brown captures empathy and how to do it perfectly in this short clip
And friends, if you’re on the other side of that coin, and every moment hurts, hear me. You are not alone. Seek out that person who will make room for you at their family table. Plug in to your Life Group’s activities or look for ways to engage and serve here at E91. Seek Jesus in this season and I promise, he’ll be seeking you.
Still feeling alone and hurting? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. At E91 we’re ready to meet you where you are. We have a counseling center with a staff ready to walk with you and assist you through hard moments. We also have a Stephen Ministry with lay leaders who are trained to listen and respond in trying times. And if you’re dealing with something else, like a broken marriage or overcoming addiction, we’re prepared to enter into that with you too. For more information regarding resources, visit east91st.org or email .
In the midst of what can be difficult season, we encourage you to join us. Our worship experiences are no strings attached and we would like to merely give you a place to find refuge. Join us this December at 10:05 each Sunday and specifically at 4 & 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Remember, never to go at it alone.