As we approach the holidays it can be easy to feel hopeless, anxious, or even bitter, however we can choose to not fall prey to these feelings. We can partner with God to give thanks, despite the circumstances.
Quarantines and social distancing have prohibited many from joining with family and close friends for nearly a year, and as the holidays approach that will likely remain the case for many.
This year may look different around the dining room table, and around the Christmas tree but connection can still occur. We have to use video chats, Facetime, WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype, and phone calls this year, but real connection can still take place from such unlikely platforms.
We can still be thankful that we have these technology options, and we can have authentic communications of where we all are in heart and mind. Think of it this way we can be thankful to be able to have connections beyond the weather or other impediments..
We are all struggling, but we are not struggling alone.
The prolific writer, CS Lewis once said, “It is when two persons discover one another, when, whether with immense difficulties and semi-articulate fumblings or with what would seem to us amazing and elliptical speed, they share their vision and it is then that friendship is born. And instantly they stand together in an immense solitude.”
The ability for us to communicate is something to be grateful for, so that we don't continue to dig deeper into a pit of despair. When we communicate we can lift each other in compassion and encouragement through authentic connection. It is through authentic connection that we realize we do not fight the hardships of 2020 alone.
God is not particular about the size or location of the gathering.
Matthew 18:20 (NKJV)20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."