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Be in Relationship with God
Isn't it strange that even with a world population of 7.4 billion people (U.S. Census), many of us have experienced loneliness? It's an awful realization that we can be surrounded by so many people and yet still feel so alone. And this feeling of loneliness can be especially overwhelming during the holiday season. Knowing this, we should keep this in mind: 

God did not call us to a life of hurt and isolation; He called us to a life filled with His companionship.


God With Us
We don't pray to a distant or foreign God, but we cry out to Immanuel ("God with us"). Even when we feel isolated or alone, we can rest on the fact that God will never leave nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8).

For some, the immediate reaction is to look to other people for support. But through turning to God in seasons of loneliness, He makes His presence known and can fill any voids we may have. When you think about it, it's amazing that the God of the universe desires to have a personal relationship with each of us!

By being in relationship with God and constantly seeking His presence, God reveals Himself as our Counselor and our Comforter.


Blessed to Be a Blessing
In 2 Corinthians 1:4, we're reminded that we are to comfort others with the same comfort we have received from God. So this holiday season, allow God to bring purpose to your pain (Romans 8:28) by reaching out to those around you who may be hurting. In His Word, God encourages us to "do good and to share with others" (Hebrews 13:16). 

The wonderful part of serving is that through reaching out to others, God blesses us, in return.

Sometimes we think of giving only as sharing of our money or resources, but by also giving of our time, we have the opportunity to share the gifts God has placed in us with others (1 Peter 4:10). Imagine what could happen this December if we all looked for ways to serve those around us and to 'be a light' in our communities! 


Short Prayer

God, whenever I cry out to You, I know that it does not fall on deaf ears. Every time I'm falling apart, You rescue me. So be still my soul. Be still my anxious, worried, and overwhelmed heart, for I know that You are with me, God. Your presence never leaves me.

During this holiday season, where there is so much hopelessness, let every glance I take be through Your eyes of love and compassion. And let every move I make be to show Your glory, God.


Further Study

Exodus 33:14, Jeremiah 29:11-13, Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 23:4, Psalm 145:18
 





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