Posted by: jedwardswright | December 18, 2011

Christmas Wishes…for Those Who Need Hope

This is a repeat of something I first posted on December 24, 2010.

Here are my Christmas wishes for everyone who is in distress or grieving or depressed this holiday.

For those who are alone, I wish:

  • that in the New Year you find companionship where you least expect it.
  • that you will feel the gentle warmth of God’s love.
  • that you are encouraged just knowing that someone (that would be me!) cares enough to think of you right now.
  • that you will find the courage to reach out to others this year: online, by attending a place of worship, by joining a club or class, by contacting family, or by volunteering

For those suffering the loss of someone they love:

  • that you will be blessed by the love and concern of others
  • that your memories will comfort you, not cause you sadness
  • that those around you will allow you to mourn in your own way, and at your own timing
  • that you will have hope for the future, and the strength to face it without your loved one

For those who are battling major depression:

  • that you will receive appropriate medical care
  • that the stigma surrounding mental illness will continue to lessen through education
  • that those around you will understand that you are suffering from a physical condition, not an attitude problem
  • that you will be able to get out of bed each morning and do what you need to do

For those who are in financial difficulty:

  • that you will find employment in a position that meets your needs
  • that you are always able to get the medical attention and medicines that you and your family need
  • that you will have the grace and fortitude to be able to accept the help that is available, knowing that someday, you will find a way to help others
  • that you will always have a roof over your head and enough to eat, for yourself and for your loved ones

For those who are living with physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual abuse

  • that you find your way to safety soon
  • that you will understand that what is happening is not your fault, no matter what your abuser says
  • that you will realize that you are a person worthy of being treated better
  • that you will understand that verbal and emotional abuse are as serious as physical abuse
  • that you can comprehend that sexual abuse is still sexual abuse when it comes from your spouse
  • that you will make that call to a women’s shelter or abuse hotline, even if only to talk to someone who understands

Today is just one step along the journey. Where you are now is not where you will be a year from now. Circumstances may change, or you may choose to change your circumstances.

My biggest wish for you all is that you would have hope. Do not give up. Do not give in. Keep reaching out.

God bless you all, every one.

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