For some, December rings in with excitement. For some odd reason, they like snow, they like winter. I can’t fault them, but I don’t necessarily share their enthusiasm.
Some can’t wait to put up the Christmas tree, while others can’t think about dragging all of that stuff out. Some are excited about all the shopping and fulfilling the list of all the items they wish to give to family and friends. Still, others prefer sitting at home in their jammies and slippers, ordering their items online, gleefully looking forward to the Christmas parties that lie ahead. It’s an exciting time of year. (Insert screeching halt here.) For some, this time of the year is not so much about joy, for some have depression looming over them. The long, dark nights. The cold, blustery days. The simple, yet unexplainable sadness. The feeling of quiet aloneness, even with a family and friend gathering. While there must be reasons sometimes, we don’t know what they are. I want you to know that you’re not alone. I know it seems like a Sunday-School answer, but God is with you. Jesus loves you, and so do we at South Hickory Hill Christian Church. I know that depression can make a person feel as if no one cares and no one understands. You feel like you’re drowning. You feel like you won’t catch your next breath. Panic ensues. The temptation is to shut down and isolate yourself. I want to encourage you today as we are entering into this Christmas season to break the stranglehold of depression by pouring your heart out to God, by reaching out to a friend and seeking the Lord among His church, laying all your cares and anxieties at the foot off the Cross. You can do this with the strength of the Lord. If you need someone who will listen, I urge you to contact me at 618-214-1165. May God bless you and may we all have a very blessed and merry Christmas.