The holiday or festive season as it is called in South Africa, is a time of joyous celebration, including parties, gift exchanges, travelling to grandma’s house, and a host of other activities. Everybody appears to be blissfully happy. Many places of employment close down for the remainder of the year, not to reopen until the New Year.

Outwardly, there seems to be no sadness anywhere. But wait! Lurking somewhere in the shadows of happiness is despondency, boredom, anxiety, depression and loneliness.

Someone has been dreading the advent of this time of year. They spend their days and night alone. They may have recently lost a loved one-a husband, a wife, a son or daughter, or even a grandparent, and are struggling to come to grips with their lost.

These individuals may have even lost their will to go on, indeed their will to live.

With Christmas less than two weeks away, many people are feeling  left out, rejected, and neglected.

But you must know that God loves you and you are not alone. He has promised never to leave you nor forsake you.


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