Men on a Mission: Finding Comfort When the Holidays Bring Sadness

By Jeff Wittmer

by Danielle Dolin

During this festive season, it’s essential to acknowledge that the holidays may usher in a sense of melancholy for some. As the world is adorned with lights and joy, some hearts carry the weight of sadness, grief, or loneliness. If you find yourself navigating through the holidays with a heavy heart, remember that you are not alone.

The holiday season can amplify feelings of loss, emphasizing the absence of loved ones or the ache of unfulfilled expectations. In these moments, turn to the One who understands the depths of human sorrow. Jesus himself experienced the full spectrum of emotions, and his presence offers solace in times of sadness.

Consider the story of the first Christmas. Mary and Joseph faced uncertainty and adversity as they journeyed to Bethlehem. In the midst of the joyful proclamation of Christ’s birth, there were challenges. Similarly, our lives may be filled with both celebration and sorrow during this season.

Allow yourself the grace to grieve and acknowledge your emotions. Jesus, the “Man of Sorrows,” invites you to bring your burdens to Him. Seek solace in prayer, pouring out your heart honestly and vulnerably. Remember, God is near to the brokenhearted.

Reach out to a trusted friend or family member. Share your feelings and allow others to provide support and companionship. Connection can be a powerful antidote to loneliness. 

Consider redirecting your focus toward acts of kindness and service. Engaging in acts of generosity, even in small ways, can bring a sense of purpose and fulfillment. By extending love to others, you may find healing in the process.

Ultimately, remember that the holiday season, though marked by external festivities, does not dictate the entirety of your experience. Embrace the hope that transcends circumstances, recognizing that God’s love is a constant, unwavering presence, even in the midst of sadness.

Jeff Wittmer is a Certified Life Coach, entrepreneur, and trainer of coaches and leaders. He founded Burning Bush Life Coaching and California Coaching Collaborative, which offers Certification Credentials for Life Coaches. In addition to coaching, Jeff has been a lead pastor, church planter, motivational speaker, and most recently, an instructor at Bethel School of Ministry in Redding, California, where he lives with his lovely wife, Sheri, and the rest of his crew. Jeff’s goal as a communicator is to awaken people to their God-given brilliance, raising their spiritual intelligence and empowering them to live a more abundant and vibrant life.

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