Christmas Blues

Luke 1: 46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47  and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.

I have a confession. I have a bit of the Christmas blues. These blues are specifically because it is holiday time. People seem so happy around me as they anticipate the break we will get from work and school. Holiday luncheons are plentiful and I just don’t want to put on that fake smile and see people who are being just as fake. Yeah, I admit, I got it bad.

I know my blues stem from thinking about friends and family who are no longer with me. My mind floats back to Christmas’ past where we were all together and we knew that Christmas day would be spent going to different houses after we opened our presents at home. I miss my grandmother and my aunties. I miss my friends and hearing their voices. I miss being a kid and enjoying singing in the Christmas cantatas at church with Aunt Sylvia.

Here is where it gets better! In the way only God could do it, my scripture reading was Luke 1 this morning. Mary was chosen to be the mother of the Savior of the world and went to visit Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist. Elizabeth told her that baby leaped inside her when she heard Mary’s voice. To me, Mary was overwhelmed at the thought and cried out from deep inside her, how her soul magnified the Lord.

Those words struck my soul today. “My soul glorifies the Lord…for He has been mindful of His humble servant”. God spoke to me in those words. He is mindful of me in my bluey state! Of course, the tears rolled. And then, I felt a peace. The peace only God can give. He understands my blues. He knows these times would come and He gave me His assurance that He loves me anyway.

So I know that it is ok to feel the blues. It is ok to acknowledge that I hurt. But I can’t stay there. I must press on and live out my purpose. I have to tell others that a Savior was born to redeem us from our sins. He is alive and well and He cares about every area of our lives.

I got up from that place and got dressed, did my make-up, and showed up to work with a smile on my face. I answered my phone when it rang and the person said, Hello Sunshine! That person needed me to show up today. To bring the SONshine in!! My soul glorifies the Lord!!!

May God show up for you this holiday season in whatever way you need Him!

Keep Living Life Victoriously!

Author: Victoria E. Henderson Poole

Psalms 23 tells us that as we are led beside the still waters, our souls are refreshed. My prayer is that the words shared here will help to lead you to that place where you can find peace. Only in Christ Jesus is there fullness of joy!

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