As long as I was a parish pastor, I knew one rule during the holidays: be aware that the holidays are difficult for a lot of people. While the rest of the world is reveling in the joys of the holiday season, many people in the congregation are lonely, grieving, or suffering in other ways.
I seriously wonder if the world is reveling in the joys of the holiday season. But that’s another matter.
Here’s MY particular problem: I’m divorced. The basic nature of my family has fundamentally changed. My former spouse and I co-parent wonderfully; there’s never been a problem there. But the sense of family we once had has changed forever. So the symptom I suffer from, as the world revels, is grief.