Three promises for those spending Christmas alone

For many, the loneliness and heartache that marked 2020 will continue through the holidays as we all do what we can to keep loved ones safe. 

I know how hard it is to spend the holidays far from those you love. Two years ago, I was the loneliest and most isolated I’d ever been. I had just moved from England to America after living for several years as a missionary in the UK. 

I was exhausted and sad and spending Christmas far from the people who’d become like family to me. But, it was during that first holiday back that I learned beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is my best friend and He keeps His promises. 

If you find yourself alone or far from home this Christmas, I hope you’ll find comfort in three promises that carried me through that time.

1. God promises peace to those who trust in Him.

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock” (Isaiah 26:3-4). 

Peace doesn’t come from an absence of heartache. Peace comes from the presence of God. When we remember that the Lord who created the heavens and earth loves and cares for us, peace quickly follows. 

When the pandemic, the economy, or the distance feels too much, be intentional to put your thoughts on the Lord who is with you always. Give yourself a five-minute break from your overwhelming thoughts to remember God is for you.

2. God promises to sustain us when we come to Him with heartache.

Humanity is made for connection, and this pandemic has forced many of us to isolate. The psalms remind us that we are never alone. Our God is with us, sustaining us always. 

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psalm 55:22). 

Tell God what’s on your mind. Tell Him what you’re missing, when you’re sad, why you’re mad. This is what it means to cast our cares on the Lord. He won’t think you’re weak or ungrateful. On the contrary, He will help you face the pain and come out of it with greater faith. 

3. God promises never to leave us.

“‘I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support’” (Hebrews 13:5, AMPC).

If you’re separated from family this Christmas, remember: Jesus left home to come to us. He knows how it feels to be human and to be far from home. 

When Jesus returned to heaven, He promised not to leave us as orphans. He is coming back, and He has given us His Spirit as our helper and guide until that day comes (John 14:18). 

Because of this, we are never really alone. Nothing can separate us from Jesus’ love. We are part of His family, and His Spirit is with us wherever we go. 

Remember these promises when you feel alone. Memorize these verses and make them your phone background. Treasure them in your heart and let them guide you through a holiday season that’s sure to look like no other. Above all, remind your hurting heart that you’ve got a God who will never let you go.

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