Ryan is the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Hickory, NC. He is the host of the "In The Room" podcast, and the author of 8 Hours, Or Less: Writing Faithful Sermons Faster.  

3 Healing Reminders When the Holidays Are Hard

The holidays are hard.

Finances are stretched, relationships are strained, and emotions are often sensitive. As a result, the holidays are frequently a difficult season, rather than the joyful one we’re pressured to project. 

Maybe you have no idea how you’re going to afford Thanksgiving dinner, or Christmas gifts this year. Maybe you’re dreading the inevitable conflict with a contentious family member. Maybe you’re increasingly aware of the residual pain of a loved one lost. 

If the holidays are hard for you, I want to give you three healing reminders…

1. Jesus is with you.

This can be a lonely time of year for many. It seems all you see are happy couples, happy families, happy friends celebrating together. The holidays also increase our awareness of how much we miss loved ones who have passed away. If you’re feeling lonely this year, listen to the words of Hebrews 13:5:

“I will never leave you; never will I forsake you.”  

What you feel doesn’t dictate what’s real. You are NOT alone. Jesus is with you. 

2. Jesus gets it.


Jesus knows what it is to have conflict with family. Jesus knows the pain of loved ones lost. Jesus knows what it is to be stretched thin, even overwhelmed. Hebrews 4:15 says,

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” 

Because Jesus has experienced what we have, He can empathize with us as well. There is no pain that Jesus is not intimately familiar with. You may feel misunderstood by everyone, but if anyone gets you, it’s Jesus. He understands how you feel, so draw near to Him. 

3. Jesus is sufficient. 

It’s great that Jesus is with you, even better that He understands, but the real question is, “Can Jesus do anything about it?” My opinion on that doesn’t matter. Listen to what Jesus Himself says:

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor.12:9) 

Regardless of where you are, what you’re going through, or how you’re feeling, Jesus is sufficient for you - He’s enough! He can comfort, heal, sustain, forgive, and set you free. 

Jesus’ power is not in question.

Jesus is with you.

Jesus gets it.

Jesus is sufficient.

The question is, will you draw near to His throne to receive the grace you need to endure, maybe even enjoy this holiday season?  

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