While Christmas present for us looks quite different from bright memories of Christmases past, there is still much to be thankful for even in the midst of what has been for us a difficult holiday season. I acknowledge that we are not alone; this year has brought for many trials and loss, on personal levels along with the global crises. More and more I am finding that sometimes it’s in those things we would normally take for granted that I can find gratitude. An encouraging text from a good friend, neighborhood walks with the pets, even just a quiet day- one where catastrophe isn’t lurking around the corner.
Moreover, we celebrate a season of hope. Hope in the Christmas story, that Christ came down to bring salvation to humankind. Our hope cannot be in a vaccine to bring an end to a pandemic, nor can it be in politicians who may or may not be looking out for the good of their constituents. Our hope, that ‘confident expectation of future blessing,’ is in the Lord. So with thanksgiving for another Christmas we are fortunate to celebrate, I wish you a blessed holiday season. May the coming new year bring comfort, joy, and peace. Happy trails from The Cranky Camper.
The holidays during a ‘normal’ year can bring about some difficult emotions, and more so now than ever. If you’re struggling, please reach out to a trusted friend, family member, clergy, or counselor. There are also links below:
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Hope definition: Pastor Steve Balentine
San Gabriel Community Church