The joyous holiday season is upon us. Unfortunately for some it’s not joyous. It can be the best time of year for some but for others the most painful. Yes, everyone has much in which to be thankful. Just the fact that Jesus Christ died for us is enough to be eternally grateful. There are those who look forward to this season with great anticipation. They look forward to the family gatherings and quality time with loved ones. There are also those who dread this season. I want to talk to the people who are brokenhearted, lonely, and even hopeless. God sees you and knows everything you’re going through. He’s intimately acquainted with every hurt and He sees each tear. You may never understand why certain things happened in your life or even why other things didn’t happen. In some situations, only eternity holds the answers. I don’t know what you’re facing tonight but God knows. I don’t know what causes the dread in your heart about the holidays. Perhaps you don’t have a family, or it’s dysfunctional at best. Maybe this time of year is a reminder of a loved one who is no longer with you. My friend, whatever the case – you are not alone. It may feel like everyone has forsaken you but there is One who never will. There is One who will never walk away. There is One who will never ignore you. There is One who won’t cast you away like yesterdays garbage. His name is Jesus. He’s the Fairest of all. He loves you unconditionally. He sticks closer than a brother. He will never leave or forsake you. Can I be brutally honest? Sometimes that isn’t enough is it? We need Jesus to have skin and to be able to hold our hand. If I could, I would take each one of you who is brokenhearted and wrap my arms around you. I may never have the opportunity to do that. I trust my Jesus though. I trust that there is no distance in the spirit. I trust that as I pray for you in the coming days that He will reveal Himself to you in new and marvelous ways. I didn’t intend on sharing this but I know what it’s like to get the phone call Thanksgiving morning that my best friend of 20 years died suddenly. I know what it’s like to have friends and family walk away without one single word of explanation. Each of you reading this has a path etched by personal suffering. The holidays often exacerbate that pain. If you will dare to believe in His love and His constant presence in your life; this holiday season can be different. You might not be surrounded by the laughter of loved ones but you can experience His peace and love. Very rarely does any family have the picture perfect Norman Rockwell holiday moments. Each family has it’s own dysfunction. The enemy likes to make people believe that they’re the only person alone or in pain during the holidays. The truth is we are never alone. Regardless of who is or who isn’t with us during this time, we are never alone. Below are a few songs that I pray will minister to you. David Crowder has a song called Come As You Are (based on the hymn Come, Ye Disconsolate). There’s a line in that song that says, “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal.” My friend, your pain and sorrow is not beyond His healing power.