How does one get through the holidays with so much broken in the world?
What about the military members who are spending the holiday season in inhospitable parts of the world rather than with their families? What about their families who acutely feel their absence?
What about the prisoner? And his or her family?
What about the elderly in the nursing homes?
What about the disabled in group care homes?
What about the fathers who will not be spending Christmas with their children because of separation or divorce?
What about the mothers who will not be spending Christmas with their children because of separation or divorce?
What about the children who can’t be with both of their parents at the same time because of separation or divorce?
What about the parents who can’t afford to buy their kids the gifts they want for Christmas?
What about the parents who can’t even afford to feed their children?
What about the families that will be together, but the holidays will be miserable because of addiction or alcoholism or straight up abuse?
What about the families who lost love ones during this or past holiday season who are dealing with the 1st or 3rd or 14th Christmas without?
What do you do with broken people at Christmas?
What do you do when you can’t fix what’s broken?
What do you do with the broken-hearted?
What do you do with your own broken heart?
How do you make a difference?
There is so much pain and suffering in so many people’s lives right now. Broken people who cannot be fixed by slogans and cliche. People who need more than a trite saying or Bible verse no matter how much truth is in it. It’s in these times of pain that we need our pain acknowledged as being real and complicated, and that someone is there with us. Not to try and fix us. Not to tell us we made our own bed even if our pain is due to our own making.
We need someone there to remind us that we are not alone in those dark moments where we feel utterly alone. Even if it is to just sit with us silently while we weep.
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