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LIKE STATUS FELLOWSHIP: A CURE FOR THE HOLIDAY BLUES

Posted by Brigette Rasberry on Monday, December 12, 2016 @ 3:40 PM

During this season of joy and merriment, many Singles find themselves feeling sad and blue, or even worse, lonely. I’ll admit being without a significant other at this time of year can be tough, especially as you are often surrounded by family and friends who are all “Boo-ed Up!” Well, it is very natural to crave real, human connections, not just during the holiday season; but throughout the year. However, the added focus on family and loved ones during the holidays; not to mention local radio stations constantly blaring the sad, sad anthem of “What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas;” makes overlooking your “Party of One” status that much more difficult.

So, let me share with you something I learned just last year. It is okay to limit your time during the holidays with family and friends (especially those that are married or “Boo-ed Up”). Instead, why not show a little love during this season to those who share your same marital status? This will eliminate you feeling some kind of way when you discover yourself yet again at the “kids’ table” at age 30+; or when you end up on babysitting duty, while the other grownups sneak off to the latest holiday flick after dinner; or even worse, when others think it’s their right to bombard you with questions regarding your dating life (or lack thereof) and/or offer their unsolicited commentary on how you are better off without a mate, while clinging lovingly to theirs. Don’t get mad or frustrated with them; they really do mean well. In fact, their intent is often to make you feel better about being alone; but somehow, their good intentions often add fuel to an already smoldering flame of despair and loneliness. How quickly they all forget what it was like to be in your shoes.

Instead of getting mad or even giving way to despair, simply decide to steal away this holiday season with others of similar status. You’ll find that with this crew, every table is the adults’ table; you will finally get to enjoy seeing that new seasonal flick with other grownups when it first comes out; and you can bet, dinner conversations will not likely revolve around your dating or lack thereof. In fact, you may find that you enjoy it, and focus more on the season’s true meaning. Therefore, dare to start new traditions; and take a break from loved-ones’ pitying eyes. Who knows, you just might find that you laugh more; explore more and look forward to more holidays ahead as a Single Christian.

You can jumpstart your new tradition by joining the Singles’ and Circle of Care Ministries as we come together on Saturday, December 17th for a Christmas Brunch at Golden Corral in Garner from 11:00A – 1:00P. Please RSVP at singles@springfieldbaptistchurch.com, if you plan to participate, no later than Wednesday, December 14th, as we will need to give an accurate head count. Then join us at our next Ministry Meeting, Saturday, January 21st at 10:00A, followed by an afternoon movie and discussion featuring Ava Duvernay’s documentary “13th.”

But if you still find yourself feeling down this holiday season, remember these two things: 1) GOD so love you and I, that during this season some two thousand and more years ago, He wrapped Himself in human flesh with all its limitations, flaws and sinful nature and came to earth through a miraculous virgin birth to show us the way to Salvation, and to conquer death that we might be restored to live out eternity with Him in Glory; and 2) GOD knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

LOVE, Himself, knows you and has planned for you; He has willingly sacrificed for you. That is truly worth joyful celebration and merriment during the season in which we remember His birth.

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