“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12
The Christmas Season seems to begin earlier than ever with all the major department stores bringing in the many pretty Christmas decorations towards the end of summer, even while the sun is still burning bright. It can be all so exciting, for those who love Christmas time, but it can be ever so lonely for those who aren’t surrounded by loved ones.
We move every three years due to my husband’s job. Each time we move I struggle with finding a house, new doctors, and new dentists. But the thing I wrestle with most is the worry that I will be alone on the holidays. There were many Christmases where my husband was gone and I felt alone, yet more times than not, there were people around me who offered friendship when I needed it most.
There are always people in need of a friend. The deep relationship and intimacy that Jesus offers us is more valuable than any gift that one can give at Christmas time. The same is true when we offer our friendship to others. It fills the heart like nothing else can.
Just as God draws us close to Him in deep connection and intimacy, our prayer should be that God would use us to also draw others to Him by extending companionship and opening our hearts and homes to those in need.
Father God, thank you for reaching out to me in my times of need. Thank you for being there for me. Help me to show that same love, kindness, and affection to others during this season so they may feel Your love for them. Amen.
This holiday season, extend friendship to someone who might be lonely. Whether it is to some college kids who aren’t able to get back home for the holidays, or a military family where someone is deployed, or even someone you know that is new to your area. Take them out for a cup of coffee or invite them into your home to spend the holidays with you.