Christmas Sorrow

By Lauren Graham /

Christmas is approaching – the season of joy and giving.  But for many the Christmas season is also filled with heartache and sorrow.  We may hurt for unsaved friends and family; we may hurt after seeing all that is negative happening in a corrupt world, we may hurt for those who experience lack in this time of plenty. Sometimes it is hard to overcome a hurting heart and the overwhelming state of lamentation that comes with it.

Many remedies are offered for hurting hearts, but judging from how depressed some celebrities and materially successful people are despite having access to the best counselling that money can buy, it’s probably safe to say that the world’s advice isn’t much good.  On the other hand, the God who created us knew that we would feel heartache and gave us encouragement to relieve our suffering in the form of promises that are both true and trustworthy. Some of the most beautiful scriptures are the verses to soothe hurting hearts.

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me

Psalm 34: 17-19 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

If we let Scripture remind us how much God truly loves us we can always overcome our sorrow, no matter how deep in despair we may be.