Hurting during the holidays

Holidays are special times, but they’re also hard for many people.

Will you pray for them today?

Some people will struggle tomorrow because their Thanksgiving table will have an empty seat.

It might belong to a soldier who’s stationed a long way from home.

Others grieve for a loved one, and tomorrow will be their first major holiday since the loss.

Some have divorced and because of custody arrangements won’t be with their children.

The pain of loneliness is especially intense for widows and widowers during the holidays.

Take a few minutes and pray specifically for these people.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. . . . The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress (Psalm 46:1-3,7).

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22).

He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us (Psalm 62:6-8).

The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him (Nahum 1:7).

Our Father looks down on us with compassion, and He sympathizes especially with those who hurt.

We pray today that He will be present with them this week.

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