Holiday Blues

For those having melancholy dispositions, enjoyable events can be accompanied by sadness. It seems for every up is a feeling of letdown. This is especially true after an experience of elation. It’s over already? That is all there is? The Holidays can heighten this experience.

Temporal endeavors cannot truly satisfy. Though we search for lasting contentment, we find it fleeting and elusive. Only God meets our deepest needs. In a world infused with our imperfection in even the best things, we can’t have Heaven now. The most pleasant circumstances will not fulfill complete joy. Echoes of emptiness haunt them, sometimes in the recesses of our minds, at other times bearing down on us.

Issues of loss, depression, or emotional instability can intensify turmoil yet more. What an inspiration we find in the Bible with the most transparent, raw experiences people can endure revealed. We need not put on a brave face before God or avoid Him because we struggle and feel unworthy of His attention. In Christ, we are free to bring the depths of our heart to Him. After all, He already knows how we feel.

There are longings and desires within we are unable to answer on our own. We find this only in Jesus Christ. If we count spiritual truth unimportant we will remain empty. While happiness is temporary and bound to circumstance, in the grace of the Savior is abiding hope and joy whatever we go through. In bringing our melancholy heart to Him and lifting our eyes from below, we find peace. Our troubled spirits realize full contentment in worshiping our Savior for who He is.

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2.

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