I remember Christmas many years ago. I had front desk duty at Ireland Army Medical Center and had to sit for 24 hours…on Christmas…and monitor the (minimal) traffic through the (automatic) sliding doors. Thankfully, minimal traffic. Because it was COLD! ZERO degrees. My girlfriend had cut me loose the week before. Heartbreaking!!! On the way home from her place my car broke down and I was stranded. I had to call HER to get a ride back to where she lived, buy a plane ticket that I couldn’t afford and go back to where I was stationed. With no rest, I returned in time to SIT by that COLD door ALONE for Christmas…………..
Christmas can be hard on a single person. Christmas is a time to be with family. Doesn’t always happen. Christmas is a time for Romance. Ha! Christmas is a time for presents. None. Christmas is a time for Joy? It was sad. Pathetic….
What to do? What to do?
Develop a plan. If you have to work for 24 hours, you have it rough. Use you cell phone and call everybody you know! Seriously! Call your friends and family and tell them you love them. Call your long lost aunts and uncles, especially the elderly and other lonely people. Don’t whine and complain but BLESS them with your time. Use multimedia and ENCOURAGE!
Plan ahead! Church Christmas party? Go! Caroling at the Assisted Living or the Nursing Home? Go! Ring the bell for the Salvation Army? Yes, you will meet people! Feed the hungry? Go! Join in with a group from work to see Christmas lights? Of course! Invest in your future with your PRESENT and give yourself the PRESENT of the future…. Ha! I know. Funny!
Reflect on Jesus. The promise of his coming. The arrival. The life. The Death. The Resurrection. The Promise of hope.