‘Tis the season to be jolly—at least, that’s how the song goes. For those who are facing difficulties or grieving the loss of a loved one, the Christmas season can cause them to be especially forlorn. It’s easy for us to get caught up in last-minute errands and expectations. But when you take a break from that to-do list, ask yourself this question: Who is finding this season too much to bear? It’s an inconvenient question at an inconvenient time. But suffering and grief take no holiday.
Are you willing to be a light in their darkness? A phone call, a willingness to listen, a kind gesture to those who are suffering—all can be precious gifts that require no wrapping paper. As we prepare to celebrate our Savior’s birth, let us do so by bringing his gifts of love and hope to those most in need of them.
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