Do you ever wonder what is the point? Do you ever raise your hands to God and ask “why do I keep going?” “Why do I keep living and trying to love others and please God when it all seems so hopeless?”
I suspect that everyone has asked themselves this question, or will ask it at some point in their lives. When these questions arise, I sometimes feel this deep pervasive feeling that they will never go away. It may be tempting to dismiss them, minimize them, or outright ignore them, but feelings of discouragement and despair are very real, and you shouldn’t be ashamed to have them.
It feels like it is all up to me to keep my life together as is. Throw in Christmas and I am totally overwhelmed. And with that comes immense image management: keeping up the impression that I do in fact have it together. But any notion of having my life together always seems to evade me. I am left feeling tired and heavy.
A teenager giving birth in a cave next to livestock probably didn’t make for the most “silent night.” Learn the true origins of some of your favourite Christmas traditions, and how we can continue to enjoy them while celebrating the most important birth of all time.
Interpersonal relationships can bring some of the greatest joys and blessings, but also some of the greatest hurts and pains. There is both an opportunity and risk when we are vulnerable with others. Vulnerability breeds trust and connection. But when that trust is broken it can easily feel paralyzing. What’s the best response?