When you’re lonely, sad, or mourning, the holidays can be a challenging time.

As people gather with family and friends, you find yourself all alone…

The latest Hallmark movie reminds you that you have no “significant other” to brighten up your holidays…

Finding an old family recipe makes you nostalgic as you remember the people who made the recipe—but they are no longer there to enjoy it with you.

If you are one of these people, please know our church has been praying for you and Pastor Allen has a message and a prayer for you today:

If the enemy keeps reminding you that your circumstances are less than ideal, recognize it for what it is: An attack! Push back on the accusations and insist, “I will be thankful! My circumstances may not look like I wanted them to, or what I thought they would, or what I hoped for, but Lord, I will give You thanks!”

Be persistent in thanking God—and if it seems there’s nothing you can thank Him for in your life, thank Him for who He is: faithful and true, your Provider, your Protector, your Counselor, your Friend—and the darkness will begin to break.

If you know someone who is going through a difficult time, take a minute to offer them a kind word, send a note or a text, or drop off something simple like a poinsettia. Your gentle expression of kindness could add a bit of brightness and hope to their holiday season.

— Pastor Allen Jackson

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. — Psalm 34:17-18

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