How to Open Your Arms to Those in Need This Holiday Season
During the holiday season, it’s easy to open our hearts and our wallets to those in need. It is the feel good time of year for many, but for many others, life is tragic. The holiday season not only serves as a reminder for good tidings and great joy, but it serves as a reminder of heartache and loss. That’s why, this holiday season, it’s important to remember to also open your arms to those in need of love.
I have many single friends who dread this time of year. They see couples and families who all seem so happy and they struggle because they do not have anyone to love or who will love them in return. Sure, they have friends, but that special someone is either missing or has been lost. If you are married or have a family, don’t ignore your single friends this holiday season. Invite them to share in your celebration and open your arms to their need for love and encouragement. It may not mean the same thing, but they will be grateful for the love.
There are also those who have lost loved ones and are suffering through that loss this season. In fact, some people have lost their loved ones during the holidays. It’s a challenge for them to share in the festivities and enjoy this time of year without that member of their family. It could be a parent, sibling, or child. As a result, they may give in to sadness or even depression. Don’t tell them to get over it or dismiss their pain. Open your arms to them if they allow it. Let them have a few days of solitude if that’s what they want. The most important thing is to listen to their hearts and open your arms to offer them the comfort and strength they need.
This holiday season, pay attention. In your joy, don’t forget to encourage others. In your peace, don’t forget to comfort others. Open your eyes to the needs of those around you. Then open your arms to meet those needs.