Christians often put an optimistic spin on the difficult seasons of our lives and struggle with admitting when we’re having a blue Christmas. The best way to deal with the Christmas blues is to accept them, to give ourselves permission to feel your emotions, and to allow the healing presence of God and his church to meet you in your pain.
The Christmas season can be strained by busyness, relational strife, fiscal limitation, loneliness, and the pain of loss and grief. But we can find hope at Christmas in the assurance that, no matter what darkness we are struggling with, the light of Jesus Christ cannot be overcome.
For many people, Christmas is a time for family, giving, and happiness. But, for some the “most wonderful time of the year” is anything but wonderful. For them “blue Christmas” is real. Here is a selection of devotions to help you see God’s presence in your circumstances during the holidays.
We spend the season of Advent waiting in anticipation for the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God sent to redeem us from our sins. The tradition of the Jesse Tree adds to the bigger story, giving us a fuller picture of the importance of the birth of Jesus during the Advent season.