Everyone this time of the year is wishing one another Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or something like that. ‘Tis the season, right? The old song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year“. Is that true? Maybe not.
I heard something on the radio recently that hit home with me and made me stop and think. I don’t recall what the radio spot was for, but the idea was this. There are some people who may not be very merry or happy this Christmas season. There could be any number of reasons for this. Maybe they have experienced the loss of a loved one. Perhaps they are struggling financially. This could be their first Christmas alone in many years. (That one is for me). Whatever the reason, chances are you and I probably know someone who falls into such a category. The commercial I heard challenged the listeners to remember that person this Christmas season and be a friend to them.
This message hit me hard. I can personally relate because this is my first Christmas as a single guy in nearly 20 years. While I’ll share fun times with my kids, sister and brother-in-law, there will be a missing part. I’m not down or depressed over this, but still there is that difference I’ve had to adjust to. After I heard the commercial I immediately thought of my situation, but I quickly realized I know others who may not feel very happy or merry. I have friends who are going through some rough patches now and others who have had a tough year altogether. The challenge set forth, I realized, was for me. I need to be a friend for these people. Yes, I’m dealing with my own issues, but I can use my experiences and pains to help them. Maybe we can lean on one another.
I would like to challenge my readers as well. Think about the people you know. Is there someone you can be a true friend to this Christmas season? Can you be there for a friend in need? Give them a shoulder to cry on? An ear to listen? I pray each of us will find such a friend (or two, three…) and do just that.