If you know someone who the above paragraph describes, let me encourage you to reach out to them; not just assuming that someone else will. Send a card or gift, pick up the phone and call, visit them, spend the afternoon letting them talk and cry, take them groceries. Show extra grace. Don't discount their grief, don't ignore them, don't assume someone else will reach out. You may say, "I don't have any extra money to spend on anyone." Most times, showing love has nothing to do with money. It costs nothing to be there for someone. The verse "Love as I have loved you" (John 13:34-35) keeps going through my mind. This is a commandment that Jesus gave, not just a suggestion. He commands us to love others as He loved us. The end of that verse says, "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." If the world knows that we are Christians by the love we show each other, it makes me wonder what they see. Do they see us always complaining or fighting, disgruntled with everything; or do they see us showing love to the hurting and broken, the lost and lonely?
If we all do our part this holiday season to show love and offer what we have, small as it may be; what a difference it will make. Even if you reach out to just one person, one family; you have the potential to make the holidays brighter. Think of the domino affect it could have if we all did what we could. Let's show this world that we are Christians by the way that we love, honor and serve each other.